Detroit Belly Isle Park turned into a memorial to victims of the corona virus outbreak on Monday.
900 billboard-sized photographs of those who died of the virus were placed in the park, and those who died on the day that Mayor Mike Duggan (D) declared “Detroit Memorial Day” did not receive the usual funerals or memorial services.
“Detroiters care deeply about each other. We felt it was important and necessary to give members of this community an opportunity to collectively celebrate the lives of those we lost to this horrific virus,” Duggan said. Said in a statement In front of the monument on Monday. “This is how we begin the healing process.”
These photos represent some of the more than 1,500 city dwellers who died of the virus.
Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck from Belle Isle Park on the Detroit River. The Associated Press reports.
WRCJ, a radio station that reads classical and jazz music, added the gospel to its playlist and read the names of the dead, the newsletter said.
Rochelle Riley, Detroit’s art and culture director, said the monument was “designed to give a little peace to families who do not have a worthy funeral for loved ones.”
“But it may be forced to work harder to limit the number of COVID-19 deaths we can bear in the coming months,” Riley added.