The public is personal...

    In the U.S. there are numerous public memorials of various kinds that provide space to honor and remember those we've lost. When considering the experiences of Black people in the U.S. and the context in which life and death happen, it is not surprising that national memorials exclusively representing Black lives are rarely prioritized. The time-lapse between death (moment in history) and the creation of a national memorial reflects the selective memory of those in privilege and power. To that end, those that do exist represent persistence and long-fought efforts of generations of truth-tellers, culture-keepers, historians, family, and friends that will never let us forget.
    In many instances of private memorials, family and friends aim to uplift the personhood of those they mourn through rituals and momentary social connections. They come together to care and encourage one another during the time of grief. Upon experiencing death during COVID19, the usual comforts found in hugs, holding hands, and physical proximity to other mourners proved to be extremely difficult (even impossible) as restrictions on gatherings and physical contact were instituted to stop its spread. While the importance of slowing the spread of COVID19 consumed the public consciousness, those who lost loved-ones resorted to innovative strategies to cope with grief and honor their loved ones. This website is developed as a space for public reverence and as an act of resilience!
    This website is meant to reflect the memories of people united by circumstance, community, and culture.