Society & Culture

Students get up close to rights, justice history

(Gallery photos by Peter Frey/UGA)

To get a firsthand experience with their subject, a geography class of University of Georgia students traveled to Montgomery, Alabama, to view two sites dedicated to understanding the nation’s experience with racial violence.

The students, led by associate professor Amy Ross, visited the National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum: From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration.

“The purpose of the field trip was to deepen the learning outcomes of the classroom curriculum on rights, reconciliation and justice, with the on-sight experience of the museum and memorial,” Ross said.

During the visit, the UGA students met with the Equal Justice Initiative staff to learn about its Community Remembrance Project.  The students are considering ways to link historical knowledge of racial violence in Georgia with the national experiences documented at the museum and memorial.

African American studies and history students, working with associate professor Chana Kai Lee of the Institute for African American Studies and the history department, are sharing their research on incidents of racial terror violence near UGA, 1880-1940.   The interdisciplinary group of students are meeting this month to consider a proposed Soil Collection Project.

The Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the Geography Department funded the trip.