Shona Thompson is a PhD candidate in the History Department at Lancaster University. Her doctoral research, which is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, examines commemorative representations of slavery and racial violence in the United States. Her twitter is @shona_thompson.

‘You will find us still in cages’: Re-narrativizing African American History at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice

The Equal Justice Initiative’s (EJI) National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, re-dramatizes America’s national narrative by leading visitors on a journey not from slavery to freedom but from slavery to mass incarceration. Rather than focusing on the ‘feel-good story’ of ‘courageous civil rights activists’, writes EJI founder… Continue reading