On the day that the National Memorial for Peace and Justice opened, the sky showered Montgomery, Alabama with a steady rain, as if to cleanse the site and prepare it for visitors.

The next morning, the sun shone. The rain was a memory. I walked up the hill on Clayton Street, behind the Frank M. Johnson Courthouse where I had once worked as a law clerk, past a reentry house and a day reporting center for probationers, and then arrived at the country’s newest memorial: a memorial to the victims of lynchings.

A dark and angled tunnel serves as the…

Maggie Filler

Boston-based prisoners’ rights attorney and former judicial law clerk. #stopsolitary

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