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Memorial deals with ugly part of US history

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

In the state of Alabama there are at least 59 statues and monuments that commemorate the Confederacy that ended about 150 years ago. As I understand it, these statues honor racist white men who believed in oppressing the African race by way of slavery. Furthermore, these statues were erected during the Jim Crow era of American history.

I have mentioned that because on April 26, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice opened in Montgomery, Alabama. At this monument there are 800 six-foot-tall brown rectangular slabs that are inscribed with the names of 4,000 black people who lost their lives in lynchings between 1877 and 1950. There are also statues of six slaves with chains around their necks at this memorial site. The memorial and the accompanying museum are a project of the nonprofit Equal Justice Initiative. This legal advocacy group wanted a memorial “dedicated to racial terror lynchings of African Americans and the legacy of slavery and racial inequality in America.” 

In my opinion, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice should be considered necessary because it not only provides a place for people to encounter and frankly deal with this ugly part of American history; it also honorably shows that black lives matter.

In conclusion, Jesus Christ has made the Jewish and Gentile groups into one human race by destroying the dividing wall of hostility that was a barrier between the two groups. Ultimately, faith in Jesus Christ is what can make all races equal to one another. 

Richard T. Cartwright 

Elizabeth City

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