Episode | #032

Landscaping to Renew Hope

After the loss of a loved one, we often see friends and family cope with makeshift memorials. Teddy bears, t-shirts, 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 Milwaukee. Because changing the landscape might renew some hope.

You can contact Camille to request a garden or to make a donation to the project- peacegardenprojectmke@gmail

Listen to a related story by WUWM here.

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. Mays would like to landscape and include stones and mulch, rather than balloons, teddy bears, and liquor bottles. Photo by Katie Klann | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Read more about the Peace Garden Project at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


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