Woman honors victims of racial injustice with ‘Say Their Names’ memorial at Bushwick
A Brooklyn woman created a memorial in Williamsburg to honor victims of racial injustice, in hopes of continuing the fight for equality.
Joyce Kam and her friends set up 186 black and white photos of victims who lost their lives either at the hands of police or from hate crimes at the Say Their Names Memorial at Bushwick Inlet Park.
Each picture has the name of the victim alongside bouquets of flowers.
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Kam says she got the idea to create the memorial after seeing others pop up in cities across the country. She said she put the memorial here so that the local community can come and pay their respects to the victims.
Some of the names are well known, like Breonna Taylor and Sandra Bland, but many of them are names that creator Joyce Kam says never got national attention.
She says that because so many of the victims still haven't gotten justice, she wants the memorial to bring some light to those who may still be mourning.
This comes after the weeks of protests that have been happening around the nation after George Floyd's death, and Kam says this is a way to continue that movement.
She says she got permission from the city to put the memorial up and she says it will be here until the end of August.