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Thu May 17, 2018, 10:03 AM

Lynching memorial may be game-changer for Montgomery tourism

Source: Associated Press, by Beth J. Harpaz


A memorial to the victims of racial lynchings and a new museum in Montgomery, Alabama, have gotten a lot of attention since opening in late April.

Some 10,000 people visited the memorial and museum in the first week. Tourism officials estimate they could attract 100,000 more visitors to this Southern city in the next year. One young man, Dimitri Digbeu Jr., who drove 13 hours from Baltimore to see the memorial, said he thought it had singlehandedly “rebranded” Montgomery.

“How do we get people to come here and make the pilgrimage here?” said filmmaker Ava DuVernay at a conference marking the memorial launch. “We have to be evangelists to go out and say what you saw here and what you experienced here. ... Don’t just leave feeling, ‘That was amazing. I cried.’”

DuVernay, whose Oscar-nominated movie “Selma” described the 1965 civil rights march from Selma, Alabama, to Montgomery, noted that the memorial and museum were built by legal advocacy group the Equal Justice Initiative . “These people are lawyers fighting for people on death row,” DuVernay added. “They’re not thinking about how to market this to the wider world.”

Some travelers say the new memorial and museum have changed their minds about visiting the Deep South. “As a black American, I’m not crazy about the idea of driving down streets named after Confederate generals and averting my eyes from Confederate flags,” said New Yorker Brian Major. “But reconciliation and peace-making has to begin somewhere and for a project as worthy and important as the lynching memorial, I would be willing to make the trip.”

Much more at: https://apnews.com/1603c370733140bba371032a60a5e858/Lynching-memorial-may-be-game-changer-for-Montgomery-tourism


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Reply Lynching memorial may be game-changer for Montgomery tourism (Original post)
yallerdawg May 2018 OP
heaven05 May 2018 #1
yallerdawg May 2018 #2
heaven05 May 2018 #3
yallerdawg May 2018 #4
heaven05 May 2018 #6
The Blue Flower May 2018 #5
yallerdawg May 2018 #7
The Blue Flower May 2018 #8

Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2018, 10:13 AM

1. hopefully some will be

 

educated and enlightened, black and white. But game changer? No. AmeriKKKa and Montgomery will remain as racist as it has ALWAYS been.

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Response to heaven05 (Reply #1)

Thu May 17, 2018, 10:22 AM

2. 2016 presidential election results.

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Response to yallerdawg (Reply #2)

Thu May 17, 2018, 10:42 AM

3. pretty map of alabama

 

Only because those areas in blue reflect racial demographics can it be used as an present day excuse/reflection to divert/distract from the FACT Montgomery, Alabama and this country are irredeemably racist.

Thank you for the pretty map. All that blued DOES NOT take away from the red and what that color reflects.

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Response to heaven05 (Reply #3)

Thu May 17, 2018, 11:02 AM

4. You're aware the state just added an additional Democratic US Senator.

New York City gave us the Dotard.

Isn't New York City blue?

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Response to yallerdawg (Reply #4)

Thu May 17, 2018, 11:42 AM

6. yeah on the senator

 

who could miss that? NYC? True. Blue. NYC was just his business playground-base. The city did not give us trump, it created what he is. Con, racist, fascist, sexist, bigoted, cheat and cheap when some work needed doing, somewhat homophobic, I suspect. Alabama and a host of other states gave us this racist potus. I have extensive experience with the south. I and many other AA's always have said, at least in the south we would know where we stood in the 'pecking order' and who hated us. The north, not so open and obvious with their hate. That is all it comes down to, with me. Always in 65 years of ameriKKKan living. As a personal aside, yes when trump is out of office, I will drop the KKK. But he and sessions represent the sterling example of white supremacist-nationalists and to me the majority of Alabamans.

Lynching memorial, excellent location in the heart of the new Confederacy, in old Dixie.

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Response to yallerdawg (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2018, 11:09 AM

5. Road trip Monday with friends to see it

Driving from Tallahassee. Very much looking forward to it

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Response to yallerdawg (Reply #7)

Thu May 17, 2018, 05:22 PM

8. Thanks for the info

It would be really good to join in and hear the speakers.

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