The interfaith group Heeding God’s Call unveiled Tuesday in Harrisburg a new moving memorial for victims of gun violence in and around the Capital City.
The memorial features 49 T-shirts with the names and ages of all the victims from 2009 to the present. The shirts also show the date the victims were killed.
“We thought it was time to look at the totality of the lives that have been lost,” said Stephen Drachler, of Heeding God’s Call.
The memorial will be outside St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on North Front Street until September 2.
Ann Van Dyke said she worked on the memorial for about two months after seeing a similar project in Philadelphia.
“And, it’s so personal. The T-shirts are so very personal. One of the reasons that we do this is a way of reaching out to the loved ones of the people who have died to say we have not forgotten,” said Van Dyke.
From September 3 to 16, the memorial will be at Camp Hill United Methodist Church at 417 S. 22nd Street. After that, it goes to Michell Memorial Camp Curtin United Methodist Church in Harrisburg at 2221 N. 6th Street. Finally, it will move to Martin Luther King Baptist Church at 1243 S. 18th Street from October 1 to 15.