Every slab that is hanging inside the memorial has an identical twin slab that is lying outside the memorial (foreground). Each slab represents one state/county and the names of each lynching victim is inscribed on the slab.
Each county has been invited to claim its slab — the hope is that all the replicate slabs outside the memorial will be removed, because the represented county has taken responsibility for what happened on its soil. It will serve as a ledger of which counties take ownership of their history of lynching.
It wasn’t just the usual suspects in the South: California, Colorado, Utah, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, the east coast of Florida including Brevard and Broward counties, and New York (Orange County) all have slabs. Which counties/states will claim theirs?