Hundreds of residents visited Klyde Warren Park in Dallas, Texas on Sept. 17 to honor the lives of Black people killed by racism. The “Say Their Names” memorial is a traveling installation that hopes “to encourage open dialogue while spreading a message of love, equality and compassion throughout the community and beyond,” according to the park’s website.
Reign Carroll-Carraway, a Black resident of Dallas and visitor to the memorial on its final day, gave the exhibit a positive review.
“The exhibit was amazing,” Carroll-Carraway said. “I think it was really eye-opening. You would never expect for there to be so many people!”
In an interview with NBC5DFW, Clarke said the event was inspired by what she feels is the need for spaces where people can gather in public and heal.
“I really feel like there is a need for healing and a time and place for people to grieve,” Clarke said.
Manav Thapar, a professor at SF State in the department of recreation, parks and tourism, said that greenspaces are essential for offering people a space to grieve and relate with one another.
“Outdoor spaces are great for building and bringing communities together, as well as places to be connected to nature,” Thapar said. “Natural places offer healing, a connection to who we really are, to each other and to what it really means to be human.”
Carroll-Carraway says she left the event feeling as though it had a personal impact on her.
“What really hit home for me was seeing someone that resembled my little sister.” she said.