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Lynching memorial may be game-changer for Montgomery tourism

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/16/2018
This April 26, 2018 photo shows visitors looking at markers bearing the names of lynching victims at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala. The memorial includes some 800 markers, one for each county in the U.S. where lynchings took place, documenting the killings of more than 4,400 individuals between 1877 and 1950. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz) © The Associated Press This April 26, 2018 photo shows visitors looking at markers bearing the names of lynching victims at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala. The memorial includes some 800 markers, one for each county in the U.S. where lynchings took place, documenting the killings of more than 4,400 individuals between 1877 and 1950. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — The lynching memorial that just opened in Montgomery, Alabama, may be a game-changer for tourism in this Southern city.

Its opening at the end of April attracted thousands of visitors and the mayor is upping visitor forecasts by 100,000 for the next year.

A new museum called the Legacy Museum explores slavery, segregation and policies in recent decades that have resulted in mass incarceration.

And of course Montgomery is home to many important sites in civil rights history, including the parsonage where a young minister named Martin Luther King Jr. became the leader of a movement after Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to yield her seat to a white passenger on a city bus. There's also a Rosa Parks Museum and a museum about the Freedom Rides.

This April 27, 2018 photo shows a sign on a street in Montgomery, Ala., marking the site where Rosa Parks was arrested in 1955 after refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger. The building behind the sign, which is part of Troy University, houses a museum about Parks' arrest and the ensuing bus boycott by the black community. The protest resulted in a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that segregation on public buses was unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

This April 27, 2018 photo shows a sign on a street in Montgomery, Ala., marking the site where Rosa Parks was arrested in 1955 after refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger. The building behind the sign, which is part of Troy University, houses a museum about Parks' arrest and the ensuing bus boycott by the black community. The protest resulted in a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that segregation on public buses was unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)
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