By Associated Press - Saturday, October 17, 2020

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A museum that’s linked to the national lynching memorial in Montgomery is reopening for the first time since the pandemic began.

The Legacy Museum, which tells the story of slavery and its legacy in the United States, will offer free admission for a limited time, but crowd sizes are being restricted and face masks are required to help prevent the coronavirus from spreading.

The museum and Legacy Pavilion are open Wednesday-Sunday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

The lynching memorial, the museum and the Legacy Pavilion are all operated by the nonprofit Equal Justice Initiative, which announced the reopening in a statement.

A new museum exhibit explores the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which often is referred to as the start of the modern civil rights movement in 1955. A new exhibit at Legacy Pavilion, located near the museum, will focus on the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

“Many coastal communities in the North and Mid-Atlantic region of the United States were built around human trafficking and the commerce generated by the enslaving and selling people. This history has a legacy that has not been acknowledged and this exhibit is an effort to address this silence,” EJI founder Bryan Stevenson said in a statement.

Business in downtown Montgomery had urged the organization to reopen the attractions, which have received some 750,000 visitors since they opened in 2018, Stevenson told WSFA-TV.

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