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Travel Lynching memorial may be game-changer for Montgomery tourism

19:57  16 may  2018
19:57  16 may  2018 Source:   ap.org

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MONTGOMERY , Alabama — A memorial to the victims of racial lynchings and a new museum in Montgomery , Alabama, have gotten a lot of attention since opening in late April. Some 10,000 people visited the memorial and museum in the first week. Tourism officials estimate they could attract 100

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This April 26, 2018 photo shows visitors looking at markers bearing the names of lynching victims at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala. The memorial includes some 800 markers, one for each county in the U.S. where lynchings took place, documenting the killings of more than 4,400 individuals between 1877 and 1950. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz) © The Associated Press This April 26, 2018 photo shows visitors looking at markers bearing the names of lynching victims at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala. The memorial includes some 800 markers, one for each county in the U.S. where lynchings took place, documenting the killings of more than 4,400 individuals between 1877 and 1950. (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)

MONTGOMERY, Alabama — The lynching memorial that just opened in Montgomery, Alabama, may be a game-changer for tourism in this Southern city.

Its opening at the end of April attracted thousands of visitors and the mayor is upping visitor forecasts by 100,000 for the next year.

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— A memorial to the victims of racial lynchings and a new museum in Montgomery have gotten a lot of attention since opening in late April. Some 10,000 people visited the memorial and museum in the first week. Tourism officials estimate they could attract 100,000 more visitors to this Southern city in

Lynching memorial and legacy museum. The National Memorial for Peace and Justice honors more than 4,000 individuals who were lynched Montgomery 's Rosa Parks Museum marks the spot where a black seamstress was arrested for refusing to surrender her seat on a bus to a white

A new museum called the Legacy Museum explores slavery, segregation and policies in recent decades that have resulted in mass incarceration.

And of course Montgomery is home to many important sites in civil rights history, including the parsonage where a young minister named Martin Luther King Jr. became the leader of a movement after Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to yield her seat to a white passenger on a city bus. There's also a Rosa Parks Museum and a museum about the Freedom Rides.

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Tourists to New Zealand are to be charged a special tax, under new government plans announced Friday to deal with the growing influx of holidaymakers coming from overseas. Visitor numbers have surged by nearly a third in the past three years to 3.8 million in the 12 months to April -- almost as big as the country's population. "This rapid growth has impacted on the costs and availability of publicly-provided infrastructure," tourism minister Kelvin Visitor numbers have surged by nearly a third in the past three years to 3.8 million in the 12 months to April -- almost as big as the country's population.

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