Grief and Memorial Murals

Memorials and Remembrance / Memorials and Remembrance : Litsa Williams


If you have spend more than 3 1/2 minutes on our blog, you probably know that I love murals, graffiti, and any and all forms of street art. I saw a great article the other day about a grief center, Olivia’s House, using murals to get kids to open up about grief. This, of course, got me spiraling down an internet rabbit hole of grief murals and street art.

I’m not sure what my irrational draw to murals is all about… I think it’s something about their place within communities, so often speaking to the culture and people of those neighborhoods. Or, as I talked about in this post about photographing inspiration, maybe it has to do with the beauty they bring to even the bleakest of streets.  Whatever it is, there are few memorials I love more than a mural. So today, I am sharing the love of grief and memorial murals.


Stephen Watson Memorial

Murals in the Bronx

This is a great story and video about the role of memorial murals in the height of violence and death in the Bronx.

murals in the bronx

Protest and Memory

There’s another great article in Obit Magazine about memorial murals and graffiti.

Yusuf Hawkins Mural

A decaying mural created 22 years ago to memorialize the tragic murder of Yusuf Hawkins was revitalized in NYC, to keep the memory of Hawkins alive.

911 Memorial Mural

9/11 grief and memorial murals
Photo by Fred Hatt

Memorial Mural in The Mission in San Francisco

Jamel grief and memorial murals
Photo by Ingrid Taylar

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