Please join Professor John Giggie and students from his seminar on Southern memory course as they gather with Bryan Stevenson and members of the Equal Justice Initiative for the unveiling of a historical marker to the victims of lynching in Tuscaloosa County. Prof. Giggie’s students have spent the semester researching the eight documented lynchings in Tuscaloosa County and will present on the meaning of their work during the unveiling ceremony.
The group will gather at 2803 6th Street (Google Maps Link), directly in front of the Old Tuscaloosa County jail, on the corner of 6th Street and 28th Avenue, at 4:45 PM, Monday, March 6, 2017. Following the unveiling, at 5:30 PM, a program commemorating the marker unveiling will begin at First African Baptist Church on 2621 Stillman Boulevard (Google Maps Link). This program will feature remarks made by Tuscaloosa community members, including ministers, EJI staff, and performances by Tuscaloosa area choirs. Winners of a high school essay competition will be recognized and awarded over $5000 in scholarships and prizes. The first place winner will read his or her essay. EJI’s director, Bryan Stevenson, will also offer remarks.
The efforts of Dr. Giggie’s class and the EJI were recently featured in detail by UA’s Media Relations Office. Read more about this important story on their site [Link].
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