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Common, Usher, Dave Matthews Band set for memorial concert, museum opening

Common poses for a portrait at the 90th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton hotel on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif. | Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Top musical acts including Common, Usher and the Dave Matthews Band are set to perform at a concert marking a new memorial to lynching victims in Montgomery, Alabama.

Others on the bill for the April 27 show at a riverside amphitheater include The Roots and Brittany Howard of the Alabama Shakes.

The Concert for Peace and Justice will coincide with the opening of a new memorial to victims of racial terror lynching. Erected by the Montgomery-based Equal Justice Initiative law firm, the memorial is located on a hilltop near downtown.

Leaders including Rep. John Lewis of Georgia and former Vice President Al Gore are slated to attend opening events.

A museum documenting the history of racial oppression and violence in the United States also is opening.

Associated Press