America’s first memorial to lynching victims opens today in Montgomery, Alabama. The Guardian is on the ground to cover a historic moment
- The sadism of white men: why America must atone for its lynchings
- How white Americans used lynchings to terrorize and control black people
- I investigated my own family for their history of lynching
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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.