Monday, September 12 at 6pm
Front Lawn of Charter Oak Cultural Center
Free and Open to All
The memorial will be a place for the community to visit, to remember, honor and pay their respects to people of color who lost their lives to police violence.
“Black people are three times more likely to be killed by police, yet 1.3 times more likely to be unarmed compared to white people, according to MPV (Mapping Police Violence, a non-profit). The organization’s data also shows that most police killings began with traffic stops, mental health checks, disturbances, non-violent offenses and instances where no crime was alleged. Black people continue to be disproportionately impacted by police violence, the data shows.” (Newsweek 12/28/21)
Working with Community Partners in Action’s Prison Arts Program Director Jeffrey Greene, Charter Oak Cultural Center has commissioned artist George Gould to create the memorial. George spent 26 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of murder. His recent release has allowed him to devote himself to his art.