America’s first memorial to lynching victims opens today in Montgomery, Alabama. The Guardian is on the ground to cover a historic moment

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At the top of a grassy Alabama hill, set against the open sky, more than 800 steel cylinders hang from roof beams. Each represents an American county and carries the names of those brutally killed there by lynching.

This is America’s first memorial to lynching – a reign of racial terror that shapes race relations today.

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