San Diego African American Museum of Fine Art Unveils “Say Their Names” Memorial Exhibit

The “Say Their Names” Memorial Exhibit honors individuals who’ve died at the hands of those perpetuating injustice and systemic racism. It is a grassroots exhibit that began in Portland, Oregon as a result of the nationwide protests in 2020. The “Say Their Names Memorial” organization was birthed from that nationwide outcry. Its goal is to ensure we never forget the victims and that we are able to place a name with a face. The San Diego exhibit at the San Diego African American Museum of Fine Arts also recognizes 16 local Civil Rights advocates.

The “Say Their Names” exhibit has been shown in over 25 cities since its inception. This is the first exhibition south of Los Angeles county.

Memorial Description:

The “Say Their Name Memorial” is a nationwide initiative to honor Black lives taken by systemic racism and racial injustice.  The memorial was started in Portland, Oregon on Juneteenth 2020 and has been put up in over 25 locations nationwide since then.  We manage an ongoing submission driven database that includes names, photos and bios.  We produce traveling memorials for public exhibition as well as providing support for communities looking to create grassroots memorials in their own neighborhoods.  Our aim is to facilitate conversation around systemic racism while honoring those whose lives have been taken by it. (SDAAMFA)

Gaidi Finnie, executive director of SDAAMFA, called the opening “a teachable moment for all of us. We invite you to come, reflect and think about what you can do to make a difference.” ( )

The memorial is a nationwide, grass-roots initiative intended to honor Black lives lost in the struggle against systemic racism. The memorial began in Portland, Oregon, and is an outgrowth of the protests that began nationwide in 2020 after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

San Diego will specifically remember the life of Demetrius DuBose, a former NFL player who was shot 12 times, five in the back, and killed by two San Diego Police Department officers in Pacific Beach on July 24, 1999, after an attempted arrest.

The New Children’s Museum will host art activities designed to help children process their thoughts about the exhibit. =

The “Say Their Names” exhibit is free to the public and will be open and accessible daily through July 25. ( )

Article Credit:, SDAAMFA

Cover Photo Credit: SDAAMFA

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