A Big, Slow, Majestic Covid Memorial

Photo credit: Erik McGregor

May 3-June 3, 2024 at Green-Wood Cemetery (500 25th street, Brooklyn, NY 11232)

Sunday, May 19th from 4:00 – 6:00pm: Join us for a dedication and activation ceremony at the Historic Chapel. The activation ceremony will be live-streamed on City Lore’s YouTube channel: https://youtube.com/live/yb6JQGJsd9c?feature=share.

Covid-19 access notes:

– The Activation Ceremony takes place outdoors on the Historic Chapel steps, weather permitting. 

– Nonetheless, please bring a high-quality, well-fitting mask to the ceremony and wear it if you’re in close proximity to others. We’ll have masks available too.

– The nearest subway is the R train to 25th street.

– A Golf Cart will be available to help transport folks up the hill from the fence to the Historic Chapel. 

Photo credit: Erik McGregor

Past Events

“The Many Losses from Covid-19” was on view at the main entrance of Green-wood from May 3-29, 2023. For more information, please read our press advisory.

NAMING THE LOST Memorials (NTLM) is a small team of artists, folklorists, and activists working in collaboration with City Lore, Great Small Works, Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders, and Green-Wood Cemetery. The New-York Historical Society will acquire selected memorials from the five years of the project. To learn more about the project, see our press release below.

To make the May 2023 memorial, we collaborated with 20 community groups whose constituents have been particularly impacted by Covid-19. This year’s participants included:

The W.O.W. Project created wind chimes out of personal objects in their contribution to the May 2023 memorial. (Photo by Erik McGregor)

To learn more about the project and get involved in future memorials, please feel free to reach out to us at Namingthelostmemorials@gmail.com.


Naming the Lost Memorials invites you to join a nationwide network of memorial-makers to name and honor our neighbors, family members, and friends lost to Covid-19 in the United States.

Please find below resources for memorial makers:


Thank you for coming together in this moment. Please feel free to reach out to us if we can help, and send us photos of your work anytime.

2023-2025 NTLM Planning Team: Juan Aguirre, director of Mano a Mano; Sandra A. M. Bell, Lead Community Liaison; Elena Martínez, folklorist; Megan Paradis Hanley, theater artist and educator; Jenny Romaine, artist, organizer, educator; Kay Turner, folklorist and performer; Steve Zeitlin and Molly Garfinkel, City Lore Co-Directors .

2020-2021 NTLM Planning Team: Alexa Aviles; Elena Martínez, folklorist; Lyra Monteiro, public artist, scholar, organizer; Megan Paradis Hanley, theater artist and educator; Jenny Romaine, theater artist, organizer, educator; and Kay Turner, performer and folklorist.