The Camp Washington episcopal Camp & Retreat Center’s itinerant memorial for Connecticut’s victims of gun violence will be on St. Peter’s front lawn for two weeks, from November
The Camp Washington episcopal Camp & Retreat Center’s itinerant memorial for Connecticut’s victims of gun violence will be on St. Peter’s front lawn for two weeks, from November 14 to 28, to honor the dead and encourage the living to take action. The installation is white t-shirts, with each shirt representing a person killed by intentional acts of gun violence in Connecticut in 2022 and includes the victim’s name, age and date of death.
The t-shirts installation is hauntingly reminiscent of tombstones. This is intentional, encouraging spectators to take the time to be in prayer and silence, remembering the victims these shirts represent. Each one is loved by somebody.
The Memorial of the Lost was created in early May at a weekend-long gun violence awareness event held by the Episcopal retreat center, Camp Washington, in Lakeside, Connecticut called “Growing Hope.” The day after the event, 10 people died in the Buffalo supermarket shooting. Ten days after that, 19 students and two teachers were killed at the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
Cameron Taylor, the summer camp and program director at Camp Washington, said that he hopes the memorial will lead to greater recognition for the victims of gun violence who die every day and don’t make national headlines.
november 14 (Monday) - 28 (Monday)
St. Peter's Episcopal Church
59 Main Street