The legacy of racial terrorism, and racial terror lynchings, in America has profoundly impacted our nation's geography, politics, social environment, and economic conditions, with disparate impacts on the African American community that are still evident today. Most critically, lynching reinforced a legacy of racial inequality that has never been adequately addressed in America.
The permanent Memorial space contains monuments that correspond to the over 800 counties where EJI documented racial terror lynchings have occurred. However, it is more than a static monument. Just outside the main Memorial structure is a field of identical monuments, one for each county where a lynching has been documented. EJI invites each of these counties to retrieve their county's monument and place it back in the county where the terror lynchings took place. This National Memorial for Peace and Justice hopes to have component pieces all over the United States where racial terror lynchings have been documented. Over time, the national memorial will serve as a report on which parts of the country have confronted the truth of this terror and which have not.
If you would like to express interest in the invitation to claim a Memorial monument for your county/state/community, please complete this form to share your interest with us.
For Maps detailing the locations and impact of racial terror lynchings, please visit the "Explore" section of our Lynching in America website at https://lynchinginamerica.eji.org/explore.
Completing this form is not an indication of a formal or informal commitment from EJI that this inquiry will lead to the monument in question being claimed. However, completing this form does enable us to become aware of current interest, so that we can be in conversation as this initiative moves forward.
We are in the process of finalizing our protocols around claiming the memorial monument, and we expect to provide updates on the specifics of that process when they have been developed. Until then, we encourage you to visit our website (https://eji.org) and the Museum and Memorial website (https://museumandmemorial.eji.org/) for updates.