A new memorial honoring over 300 Black lives lost to racial injustice was installed in Boston Common Sunday.
The “Say Their Names” memorial, posted on the fence of the Common’s baseball field, includes the portraits and names of Black people who were lynched, assassinated, or killed by police, from Emmett Till to George Floyd.
See photos from the installation below:
Volunteer Mansa Semenya, one of dozens to help install the memorial, said it resonated with her own fears about her son.
“My son is really young, he’s an African-American,” Semenya told WHDH. “He’s going to grow up in this country as an African-American boy, and no matter what my personal history is, or no matter how I grew up, this could still be him in the future.
“I’m just sad, sad and tired and exhausted that this is still happening,” Semenya said.
The Boston installation is the latest in a series of volunteer efforts to memorialize Black lives. “Say Their Names” memorials have been placed in over 25 locations nationwide since the first installation in Portland, Oregon. The Boston memorial will be on display in the Common until at least Sunday, Nov. 22., but organizers say they’re seeking extensions for their permit.
The full database of those memorialized includes modern victims of police brutality like Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Michael Brown, and Breonna Taylor, along with assassinated figures from the civil rights movement like Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and Fred Hampton.
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