Naming the Lost: Join us June 8-28, 2021 at Green-Wood Cemetery

#NamingTheLost Memorial Installation in Brooklyn. (Photo by Erik McGregor)

WE REMEMBER: A COMMUNITY COVID MEMORIAL   

Presented by Naming the Lost Memorials and The Green-Wood Cemetery 

Since May 2020, Naming the Lost Memorials, a small team of volunteer artists, activists, and folklorists, has been curating memorial sites in New York City to name and remember victims of the COVID-19 pandemic. The memorials consist of tens of thousands of nameplates with personalized drawings and photos, created by the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones to the virus. For WE REMEMBER: A COMMUNITY COVID MEMORIAL, over twenty community-based organizations have come together to contribute names and to create nameplates. Collectively, the nameplates create a visual and personal representation of the overwhelming enormity of the loss. They also give us a communal place to remember and to grieve together. 

WE REMEMBER: A COMMUNITY COVID MEMORIAL will be displayed, outwardly, along the Green-Wood’s historic wrought-iron fence along Fifth Avenue in Brooklyn. Packed tightly from top to bottom on the fence, it will stretch horizontally for 200 feet. The memorial will be on view from June 8–28, 2021 to honor the nearly 600,000 people in the United States, including more than 52,000 here in New York City, who have died during the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, the public is encouraged to create and add their own nameplates to the memorial.

DEDICATION CEREMONY

Tuesday, June 8th (June 9th, rain date) from 6-9 PM

We ask the public to join us for the dedication of the memorial by artists, religious leaders, and performers. Everyone is encouraged to participate through song, movement, invocation, prayer, and a candle lighting ritual accompanied by an onsite naming of the lost.  

Community Partners:

Academy of Medical and Public Health Services

Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts

Bronx Documentary Center 

Brooklyn Roots

Building Stories, LLC

Caring Majority

Center for Family Life 

Guyana Cultural Association of New York

Fort Tryon Jewish Center

Flushing Town Hall

Hebrew Tabernacle 

Inside Change Arts: Bowery Resident and Street Artists

Inside Change Arts: The 5th Grade Formulators of the Bedford Village School 

JouvayFest Collective

Makandal: Bridging the Past and the Future of Traditional Haitian Arts 

Teachers & Writers Collaborative

Mazarte Dance Company Inc.

Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders

Missing Them, a COVID-19 memorial with THE CITY newsroom

Mixteca

Worker Justice Project

We thank these funders for their generous support:

CATCH (Center for Art, Tradition, and Cultural Heritage)

City Lore

Circus Amok

Great Small Works

Folk and Traditional Arts program of the National Endowment for the Arts 

NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.


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.

Want to learn more? Join our google group by clicking the sign-up button below, or write directly to namingthelostmemorials+subscribe@googlegroups.com. We send occasional e-mails and will not share your information with others.

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.

The NLM 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.