38th & Chicago Ave S
MISSION & VISION
We exist to conserve stories of resistance to racial injustice and to curate spaces for all people to grieve, pay respect, and be a voice for justice. Our vision is to bring community development in Minneapolis and inspire people to pursue racial justice around the world.
“This is a made space, where a fluid memorial has been organically constructed and thoughtfully, lovingly maintained by a self-organizing network of caretakers. It is a space for art and mourning, sustenance (literal and spiritual) and safety, grieving and gathering, resources and resistance. It is a space reclaimed, born of— and nourished by— care.”
-Susannah Bruce Hornsby for The Foundry Homegoods, April 13, 2021
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Cochair & Family Member
About Ms. Angela
Cochair & Family Member
About Ms. Paris
Executive Director & Community Member
About Ms. Jeanelle
Jeanelle Austin is the creator of Racial Agency Initiative, a racial justice leadership coaching company. She is also the lead caretaker of the memorial, where she guides a team of volunteers to stand in the unique space of preservation and protest. She began tending to the memorial during the first week of the protest as a form of social resistance and self-care. Every day, the memorial looked different, and every day, she and others would tend to both the new and old offerings so that the story could be preserved.
Jeanelle earned a BA in Christian Ministries from Messiah College and an MDiv in Ethics and an MA in Intercultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. She consults and speaks nation-wide on various topics as they intersect with race in America. A native resident of Minneapolis, Jeanelle grew up blocks away from the intersection of 38th & Chicago in Bryant Neighborhood and joyfully serves the community alongside brothers and sisters in the ongoing fight for racial justice.
Archiving Sacred Spaces Fellow
Heather holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, a Masters of Library and Information Science from St. Catherine University and a Certificate of Museum Studies from the University of St. Thomas. In 2020, she began teaching and advising students for the Archives and Special Collections pathway of the Library and Information Science program at St. Catherine University.
Community Engagement Intern
Lauren Aung is a Junior at Princeton University studying Politics and Values and Public Life. Her studies center around the intersection of racial justice, the state, and the media in the United States. She is originally from Austin, Texas.