City of Lawrence installs ‘Empty Chair Memorial’ to honor residents who died from COVID-19

City of Lawrence installs ‘Empty Chair Memorial’ to honor residents who died from COVID-19
The City of Lawrence has installed an Empty Chair Memorial in remembrance of the 144 people who died from COVID-19 in the city. (City of Lawrence)

LAWRENCE, Mass. — The City of Lawrence has installed a memorial to honor the 144 residents who have died from COVID-19.

The memorial, compiled of 144 empty chairs, is lined up in rows in Campagnone Common Park facing City Hall.

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Mayor Daniel Rivera drew inspiration from the memorial installed in Washington D.C. by COVID Survivors for Change.

“This memorial is a symbol of not just the lives this virus has taken but also of the fight we are actively in against it,” said Mayor Daniel Rivera.

The City of Lawrence has installed an Empty Chair Memorial in remembrance of the 144 people who died from COVID-19 in the city.
The City of Lawrence has installed an Empty Chair Memorial in remembrance of the 144 people who died from COVID-19 in the city.
This pandemic has completely turned our lives around, not since the Civil War have we seen this level of crisis across our nation. At this point in time 1 in 20 people in Lawrence have contracted COVID-19, that’s 5,284 people. This virus has made home the only place we can truly be safe, brought our economy to a complete halt, and has left our children learning in ways we’ve never thought of before. We must continue to give this virus the respect it deserves, it can and will continue to kill, we have lost 144 members of our community and only we as a community can stop it from taking more. We have to wear our masks, stay home when we’re sick, avoid large gatherings, quarantine when required, and get tested when we aren’t sure. It is time for us to make it a personal responsibility to stop the spread, because until we do we will keep adding chairs
Mayor Daniel Rivera

Lighting and police surveillance cameras have been installed around the memorial to ensure it stays intact.

Observers are asked to respect the memory of those lost to COVID-19 and they should not sit in the chairs.