A new museum on America's history of lynchings was opened this week on the former site of a slave pen in Montgomery, Alabama, where black people were once imprisoned before being sold at auction. The Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration serves as a reminder of America's racist legacy, and offers visitors a glimpse into the tragic history of the slave trade. A National Memorial for Peace and Justice is located a few blocks from the museum, and features more than 800 steel monuments that bear the names of lynching victims throughout the country. NBC News reports that in its creation, organizers discovered the names of 4,400 black people who were lynched or died in racial killings between 1877 and 1950.


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