December 7, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Recording link: https://harvard.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=2f44ca03-401e-46dc-9a52-ac8b0075e878

We need to rethink whom we, as a society, are choosing to memorialize in the form of public statues and monuments. “The People’s Memorial Project” is a campaign to rethink the future of memorials and monuments on the broadest scale. It is a call for a better process for nomination and giving tribute to the individuals who make our community and our world a better place. How can we create a monument that is actually going to uplift the community? Wouldn’t it be amazing if people could nominate people from their neighborhood?

"The People's Memorial Project" creates a monument that can constantly change and tell a real truth, telling a real history to that community with a vision of tomorrow where ​all people​ who have contributed to the growth and prosperity of the local community and the broader nation, are recognized and honored. Public monuments that are ​for the people and by the people​.


  • Massasoit
  • Crispus Attucks
  • Jessie “Little Doe” Baird
  • Mel King
  • Elma Lewis
  • Keith “Guru” Elam
  • Sonia Chang-Diaz
  • Frieda Garcia

Register via Zoom

Boston Globe article: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/10/14/arts/putting-people-color-christopher-columbus-pedestal/

Project Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/The-Peoples-Memorial-Project-106274607817860


Artist: Cedric “Vise 1” Douglas

Producer: Vanessa Till Hooper / Studio HHH: studiohhh.com

Producer: Jeff Grantz: ILLUMINUS Boston, illuminusboston.org

Project Manager: Teresita Cochran


About the Harvard Discovery Series

Formerly known as The Digital Futures Discovery Series, the Harvard Discovery Series is a collaboration between Cabot Science Library and the Harvard University Digital Scholarship Group (DSSG). This event series brings scholars on the frontiers of digital knowledge-making to a Harvard audience in an intimate and interactive setting. All presentations will be virtual during Fall 2020 semester.