JCMP: Jefferson County Memorial Project
The Jefferson County Memorial Project (JCMP) is a citizen-led coalition committed to telling the untold history of lynching in Jefferson County and explaining the historic links between slavery, Jim Crow, and present-day mass incarceration. In April 2018, The Equal Justice Initiative opened the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, a groundbreaking memorial dedicated to African American victims of racial terror lynchings.
Today, the JCMP is working to claim Jefferson County’s monument and host a yearlong dialog to engage the community in a conversation that is educational and accessible. Multicultural, multigenerational, and interfaith the coalition represents 21st century Birmingham, and the Jefferson County Memorial Project is a statement that Alabamians are leading the charge in confronting the past while advocating for the future.
This is more than a project to install a single monument. In addition to working with EJI to claim the duplicate monument from Montgomery, the Jefferson County Memorial Project (JCMP) is publishing its own report on the 30 individual incidents of racial terror lynchings which have been identified in Jefferson County, and installing historical markers at relevant sites throughout the counties.
Abigail Schneider, JCMP Project Director
T. Marie King, Community Activist
Madelyn Cantu, UAB Student researcher
Representatives from the Jefferson County Memorial Project were featured on “Let’s Talk Birmingham” radio show on February 24th, 2019.