Lynching memorial and museum in Alabama draw crowds, tears

This photo shows a bronze statue called "Raise Up" as part of the display at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, a new memorial to honor thousands of people killed in racist lynchings, Monday, April 23, 2018, in Montgomery, Ala. The national memorial aims to teach about America's past in hope of promoting understanding and healing. It's scheduled to open on Thursday. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Tears and expressions of grief met the opening of the nation's first memorial to the victims of lynching Thursday in Alabama.

Hundreds lined up in the rain to get a first look at the memorial and museum in Montgomery.

photo Toni Battle stands inside a display at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, a new memorial to honor thousands of people killed in racist lynchings, which opened to the public Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Montgomery, Ala. Battle, who drove from San Francisco to attend said "I'm a descendant of three lynching victims," her face wet with tears. "I wanted to come and honor them and also those in my family that couldn't be here." (AP Photo/Beth J.