How new memorials reckon with gun violence in America - Architecture Blogs

How new memorials reckon with gun violence in America



An installation at the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial, The Gun Violence Memorial project addresses the hundreds of thousands of gun deaths in America. | MASS Design Group

They?re spaces to heal, mourn, and commemorate the lives of those lost?but can they also change how we deal with the crisis" Pamela Bosley never thought her son Terrell would die from gun violence. But on April 4, 2006, when he was 18 years old, he was shot in front of Saint Sabina, the South Side Chicago church that was like a second home to him. An accomplished bass guitarist who performed with gospel groups across the city, Terrell had stepped outside to help a friend carry drum equipment when he was killed. The murder remains unsolved.
?We did everything right,? Bosley tells Curbed. ?We drove Terrell to school. We had a close bond and relationship. He stayed busy with college and working a job. He was at church all the time. We never expected any of this to happen. But Terrell came out of the church and somebody took his life.? Bosley?s grief felt so inescapable that she tried to take her own life twice. Then, in 2007, she, along with her husband and other parents who had lost children to gun violence, co-founded the nonprofit Purpose Over Pain to support other survivors.
?It?s so hard, you know, to go through this, and we?re still in it even though it was in 2006 for me,? she says. ?We said, God must have a purpose, so we came up with ?Purpose Over Pain? because we?ve got a purpo...
Source: curbed
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