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Jefferson County Memorial Project Essay Contest

Students from all 7 high schools have been invited to submit essays of 700 – 1,000 words that address the history of racial terror lynching, help them deepen their understanding about these tragic events and consider how this shameful and untold history might link to the racial injustices our communities still face today.

The education our scholars will receive as they explore this difficult topic will be profound, and prizes totaling $5,000 will be awarded to winning participants.    

This  website has  all the details about the essay contest.

Students will be expected to:  Conduct research, select a prompt to focus on, write the essay, include interviews with family or a community member and include an artistic expression that relates to the chosen topic, and cite the sources they used in the research and writing.  

The essays must be submitted by Nov 22nd and winners will be announced at a JCMP event in Early 2020.  


Additionally, we also want to encourage field trips to the JCMP historical marker recently installed at Sloss Furnaces or to EJI in Montgomery.