Wednesday, August 13, 2008
I encountered this shrine at the corner of 1st St. and O St. NW, Washington DC
I met a rather haggard homeless man, Franklin, at the shrine. He told me it was about a week old (and it appears to be so) and that it was made in memory of a child who was killed. It appears otherwise from the writing on the tee shirt ("Hood 4 Eva" etc), but there are no liquor bottles at the site, so it is possible. The shrine backs up to a fenced public schoolyard.
I could find essentially nothing online, except that a killing occured there recently, in late July 2008- I think July 24? No name of the victim is evident at the site or on the web yet.
It is the fourth shrine I have photographed along this extended and busy stretch of 1st St. NW in the past five+ years.
A prayer, and a photographic libation to you, whoever you are.
You were somebody's child...
Posted by Lloyd at 11:24 PM