The Healing Memorial installation is located at Huntington Place (formerly the TCF Center). Please enter Huntington Place at the corner of Washington and Congress and take the first elevators or escalators you see up one floor to level 3. The Huntington Place is open to the public Monday - Saturday from 12- 5 PM.  Street parking on Congress, Washington, or Fort is recommended. 

We have completed collecting memorial pouches for the first and second iterations of the project and more than 4,000 pouches are on display at Huntington Place. If you are interested in the future of this project, please click here to join our email list. 

During the last few years our community has faced immense trauma, from the physical loss of life, to loss of employment, loss of home and continued uncertainty. Through the pandemic, the City and the region have come together to support our residents by understanding that not only do they need economic or health support but emotional support as well. Our collective grief is something that must be recognized.

This led the City of Detroit Office of Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurship, the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy and the Cranbrook Art Museum to create a permanent, living memorial to this time to promote healing and show support for our community.

We call it The Healing Memorial. 

The project was conceived by world-renowned and Cranbrook-educated artist Sonya Clark as an interpretation of her Beaded Prayer exhibit, which has traveled the world for more than a decade.

For this project, residents were encouraged to create small memorial pouches (fits in the palm of the hand) using fabric from their loved ones or donated material. These fabric pouches were gathered by the thousands to create a tapestry of memories to be displayed at Detroit’s Huntington Place downtown. 

Throughout the summer of 2021, making stations were set up at various community events, churches, day camps, shops and along the Dequindre Cut to give all residents across metro Detroit an opportunity to contribute to this collective memorial. The completed work was be unveiled on the City of Detroit’s official Covid Memorial Day. Funding for this project is made possible by the generous support of the Ford Fund, TCF Bank, the City of Detroit, the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, and Cranbrook Art Museum. 

Interested in helping?
We know that thousands of residents were impacted by the pandemic. With your help, we can make sure that the largest number of people have the chance to participate.

Click here to learn how to make a Memorial Pouch from artist Sonya Clark

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