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Richmond remembers the dead

on November 5, 2013

On Saturday, the Richmond Museum of History celebrated Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. Students from Manzanita Charter School brought faded photographs of deceased parents and grandparents, paper flowers, and skulls made from colored sugar to display on an altar at the museum.

Museum assistant Plinio Hernandez invited visitors from the neighborhood to place the names of their dead loved ones on a communal wall next to the display. Hernandez included the names of five residents who were shot in the Iron Triangle neighborhood where the Museum is located.  “We wanted to show respect and honor,” said Hernandez.

Though it was a small event, Hernandez said he hopes that it will inspire larger participation in the future.

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