The San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art (SDAAMFA) is closing the “Say Their Names” Memorial Exhibit, a nationwide, grassroots initiative to honor Black lives lost in the struggle against systemic racism. The memorial originated in Portland, Oregon and is an outgrowth of the protests that began nationwide in 2020. The informal outcry is now an organization called “Say Their Names’ Memorial. The organization would like to make sure that we never forget the victims and that we actually, put a face to a name. Specific to San Diego, we remember the life of Demetrius DuBose who died on July 24, 1999 in a police involved shooting.
The Closing Ceremony will feature DJ, Dancers, Spoken Word, Poetry, musical selections and a message by Rev. Alyce Smith-Cooper, ancestral storyteller and healer.
The location of the exhibit is in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Promenade at the New Children’s Museum Park (200 W Island Avenue) and is free to the public. The Memorial features 200 photos of Black victims, whose lives were lost due to racial injustice, police brutality and/or racism. The exhibit is open and accessible daily until July 25, 2021.
The Hilton San Diego Gaslamp is pleased to provide packages for those attending the exhibit. This includes 15% off the best regular price offered per room. In addition, daily exhibit visitors can park at a rate of $8.00 per hour. You must mention the exhibit at the time you check in.