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National Memorial for Peace & Justice
Arise: Ancestral Heirs Illuminate Truth

This sculptural installation in Montgomery, Alabama celebrates the thousands of people around the country who participate in the Equal Justice Initiative's Community Remembrance Project. These citizens help their communities remember, reckon with, and heal from our nation's history of lynching.  Surrounding this installation are steel duplicates of nearly 50 historical markers erected by EJI.

 

Comprised of six slightly over life-size bronze figures, this installation is designed to depict community members who have been working with Equal Justice Initiative to create Community Historical Markers to mark the ground where African Americans were lynched. The broad spectrum of figures represents people across gender, age, size, and ability. Their gestures and expressions are meant to reflect the hope, prayers, resilience, and actions of the many unseen members in our communities engaging in communal rituals of remembrance and healing.

 

Each of the models who posed for this sculptural installation is a descendant of a person who was lynched.

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Listed below are some of the resources, talented individuals and organizations that played a role in helping to inspire and/or birth this installation:

RESEARCH

Community Remembrance Project

"Just Mercy" by Bryan Stevenson

"100 Years from Mississippi" by T. B. Kirkland, 2022, 60 min.

"The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration" by Isabele Wilkerson

"The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story" by Nikole Hannah-Jones

COLLABORATORS

Equal Justice Initiative
Bryan Stevenson
Tera DuVernay

Josh Cannon


The Models
Toni Renee Battle  (3 ancestors lynched)

Shirah Dedman  (1 ancestor lynched)

Rev. Dr. Andriette Earl  (1 ancestor lynched)

Dr. William Lewis  (1 ancestor lynched)
Caleb Robinson  (1 ancestor lynched)

Kylee C. Smith  (1 ancestor lynched)