Strykers Donate $10 Million for Lynching Victims Memorial
Philanthropy News Digest
December 22, 2016

“The Equal Justice Initiative has announced gifts totaling $10 million from siblings Jon and Patricia A. Stryker to build a national memorial to the victims of lynchings.

“The gifts of $5 million each from Jon and Pat Stryker, founders of the Arcus and Bohemian foundations, respectively, will support EJI’s efforts to build the Memorial to Peace and Justice and From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration, a museum dedicated to African-American history and racial justice. To be located on six acres of land in Montgomery, Alabama, the memorial will include the names of more than four thousand lynching victims engraved on concrete columns representing each U.S. county where a lynching took place. The neoclassical structure will be surrounded by a park, where duplicate columns engraved with the names of lynching victims will be placed until they are claimed by the counties and permanently installed where the lynchings took place.”

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