If you haven’t made the time to drop by the Say Their Names Memorial at Emancipation Park, you should. This exhibit, which was brought to Houston by rapper, activist, and philanthropist Trae Tha Truth and is on display through today, October 13, honors the Black Americans who have lost their lives due to racial injustices.
Founders Joy and Elise Proctor first unveiled the memorial in Portland, Oregon, on Juneteenth of this year. Since then, the instillation has transformed into a traveling exhibit that has travelled to more than 25 locations nationwide. Comprised of black pillars, each bearing black-and-white photos of victims of racial violence and topped with a colorful flower, Say Their Names Memorial remembers more than 200 individuals including Breonna Taylor and native Houstonian George Floyd.
Though temporary, the Say Their Names Memorial serves as a continuous outcry for change, a cause Houstonians have been especially active in this summer following the deaths of Floyd and Vanessa Guillén. As such, memorial organizers have set up an ongoing submission form where members of the public can send in names and photos of individuals they’d like to see add to the Say Their Names Memorial.