Pride Remembrance Memorial
The Garden of Peace, cradled in the esplanade behind 123 Center Plaza in Government Center, is a memorial commemorating victims of homicide. Erected in Boston as a living reminder of the impact of violence everywhere, the Garden’s intricate arrangement of manicured grass and pebble stones, designed by Harvard graduate and artist Catherine Melina, is a visual testament to the need for eliminating violence. Adding to the gravitas of the site and enhancing its purpose, the Garden features a towering Ibis Ascending by RISD graduate Judy Kensley McKie. The statue symbolizes hope for peace and renewal in our lives, community, and world.
In its third year the Pride Remembrance Memorial seeks both to provide comfort to individuals in our communities and to focus our grief on concrete actions to eradicate marginalization and increase understanding. This Memorial is a call to action, so that all in the LGBTQ communities may be free from oppression and proud of who they are. •
We gather to find peace and healing in community at the annual Pride Remembrance Memorial. Credit: Gabriel Ben-Yosef.