Spontaneous Shrines

"We who build shrines and construct public altars or parade with photographs of the deceased will not allow you to write off victims as regrettable statistics…They are, I believe, the voice of the people." –Jack Santino

Who tampered with a roadside memorial?

On 4th of July this year, a young woman was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Buffalo, New York.  Her family constructed a shrine for her at the site.  I find it interesting that the local news (WIVB-TV) chose to focus this spot on the impropriety of tampering with a memorial.  While other news coverage I’ve found that deals with shrines tends to use the shrine as the hook to catch readers’/viewers’ attention and then changing the focus to the cause of death, this clip actually features the shrine as the main subject.  Although the controversy about shrines and their placement is mentioned in the clip, the clip does seem to favor the idea that it is not appropriate to deface/remove/or tamper with a shrine.  I’m curious about this relatively recent interest in memorialization and shrines and their sacred place in public space–why now, I wonder?

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One thought on “Who tampered with a roadside memorial?

  1. P. Sakala on said:

    Why now? Maybe because these memorials seem to be so prevelant these days – there are so many senseless accidents and murders now than there were years ago. I think people are much more emotional now than they ever were. You see it in all aspects of life. I think people are very much interested in getting what is “due” to them nowadays, and having their own loved one imortalized in a roadside shrine falls into that category. They want to make sure this person, THEIR daughter, THEIR son, THEIR loved one is put out there for all to see. I guess this sounds a little cynical, and surely this is not the intention of all who set these up, but it makes you wonder. It makes me wonder, anyway.

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