Planting Seeds In Remembrance - 2021
Location: These planters are located at the following locations along Cottage Grove Ave. in Chicago's Burnside community:
George Floyd - PNC Bank , 8700 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
Breonna Taylor - Elegance Plus Beauty Salon, 8756 So. Cottage Grove Ave.
Ahmaud Arbery - Leaps of Learning Childcare, 9011-9015 So. Cottage Grove Ave.
Sandra Bland - Regina African Hair Braiding, 9010 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
Botham Jean - New Age Preparatory Academy, 8938-40 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
Elijah Mc Clain - Leon's Barber Shop, 8911 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
Laquan Mc Donald - Stewart Lawnmower Repair, 9105 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
Tamir Rice - New Bethlehem No. 4 M.B. Church, 8850 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
Trayvon Martin - New Bethlehem No. 4 M.B. Church, 8850 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
Emmett Till - Evangelistic Crusaders C.O.G.I.C, 9046 S. Cottage Grove Ave.
Project Description: This project was designed to build community relationships and unity, reclaim the past, increase pride and beautify Burnside Academy’s surrounding school community. Ten outdoor mosaic planters will be provided to black owned businesses on the South Side of Chicago near the school. In phase one of the project, one side of each planter was embellished with mosaic art designed specifically to remember Black Americans who lost their lives prematurely due to injustices in our society. Phase two will remember local Black Americans who lost their lives prematurely due to gun violence in Chicago. This participatory community project is ongoing. Each spring, Burnside students and staff members will replenish, reseed and revive the planters while the community businesses will water and nourish the plants.