Here you will witness the lives of Fedelina, Mario, Moisés, Yimel, Juan, Ofelia and Guadalupe. Just seven out of tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants who were taken too soon by this pandemic. They got sick while working at grocery stores so we could continue to eat in quarantine. They became infected while cleaning our homes, offices, and hospitals. Teaching our kids, cooking our to-go orders and singing for us at our last public gatherings were their ultimate sacrifices.
They were so much more than their work though. They were fathers, mothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, lovers, children. They were full of music and laughter, courage and dreams. They gave up so much leaving their home countries and coming to a place that didn’t always welcome them. They fought so bravely to make a better future for their families.
In life, their immigration status pushed them into the shadows.
But in death, we gather here to celebrate their unending light.
Each portrait has a QR code that will take you to a website where you can listen to interviews of the family members who have lost their loved ones. These oral histories will weave together some of the lives, joys, and losses of our community.
May their memories be a blessing.
This project was made possible with the generous support of:
Many people and organizations made this COVID-19 memorial a reality. We are deeply grateful for their generosity.
Catalina Cruz, New York State Assembly Member
Jessica Gonzalez Rojas, New York State Assembly Member