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#032 Precious Lives: Turning Makeshift Memorials into Gardens

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Katie Klann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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Camille Mays, a community organizer, discusses her idea to change the face of memorials left for those who have died in her home in Milwaukee's Sherman Park neighborhood.
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Credit Katie Klann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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A memorial near N. 36th and W. Wright streets has candles, liquor bottles and teddy bears to remember a loved one.

After the loss of a loved one, we often see friends and family cope with makeshift memorials. Teddy bears, t­shirts, candles and bottles are gathered to help commemorate a person’s life and how he or she touched lives.

Camille Mays, a community organizer near Metcalf Park, sees these memorials as constant reminders of death and wants to turn them into gardens. Camille wants to change this image through her new initiative, Peace Garden Project MKE. Because changing the landscape might renew some hope.

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