Around the South for Apr. 27: AL, TX & TN


Alabama: Museum opens memorializing lynching victims. The Equal Justice Initiative raised $20 million in private funds to open a museum dedicated to the victims of lynchings of African Americans, mainly in the South, in the years following the Civil War. The museum opened its doors yesterday in Montgomery, Alabama; it includes more than 800 jars of soil from locations where the lynchings occurred, reports the Washington Post …….. Texas: What will Supremes do on redistricting? The US Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on whether the Texas legislature’s drawing of boundaries of two congressional and several legislative districts discriminated against minorities. But, says the Washington Post, the liberal justices seemed to side with the challengers, the conservatives leaned toward the state of Texas, allied with the Trump Administration, and Justice Anthony Kennedy, probably the deciding vote, kept silent. Stay tuned ……. Tennessee: Artists sue Memphis. Twelve prominent artists have sued the City of Memphis in federal court for painting over five murals commissioned by a non-profit agency approved by the city. The city council criticized the murals and ordered their destruction, along with three others, reports ARNewswire. The artists contend that the murals’ destruction violates the Visual Artists Rights Act, which protects against works of art …….