11am – 1pm
(Choice of Two)
Slavery to Incarceration: Inside Montgomery’s Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), new Legacy Museum & National Memorial For Peace & Justice $
A narrated visit to the nationally acclaimed Equal Justice Initiative’s reflection on America’s history of racial inequality, The Memorial for Peace and Justice. Artist Kwame Akoto-Bamfo’s sculpture on slavery confronts you as you enter the memorial. Our journey moves from slavery to lynching and racial terror, with text narrative and monuments to lynching victims in America. At the center of the site is a memorial square, where you can pause for reflection before moving on to explore the rest of the memorial. Additional memorial highlights include Dana King’s sculpture dedicated to the women who sustained the Montgomery Bus Boycott, MORE
displays featuring quotes from Toni Morrison and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a reflection space in honor of Ida. B. Wells. Our visit to the memorial concludes with a work of art created by Hank Willis Thomas, which expresses the contemporary issues of police violence and racially-biased criminal justice. Our march to justice continues at The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, which is located on a site that once warehoused enslaved people. The museum is located one block from one of the most prominent slave auction spaces in the United States, and just steps away from an Alabama dock and rail station where tens of thousands of Africans were trafficked during the 19th century.
Inside Cultural Tourism: Contemporary Issues, Yesterday’s Reflections $
A panel of experts from Montgomery’s impactful Civil Rights, cultural and historic attractions share thoughts on how programming takes the visitor experience beyond the basic and into life-changing, culture-shifting territory in a city that continues its world-changing legacy. Panelists include Outreach Director of the Southern Poverty Law Center Lecia Brooks, Alabama Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Rick Dildine, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Director Angie Dodson, Museum of Alabama Director Steve Murray, and Rosa Parks Museum and Library Director Dr. Felicia Bell.