White flag with metal pole and writing in black marker. red tag attached to metal pole (C3-17)
Obverse Text: LILA ALTHEA FENWICK / 1932-2020 / 1st black woman to graduate Harvard Law & a gem of a human being
As COVID-19 deaths spiked in 2020, Suzanne Firstenberg’s public art installation "In America: How could this happen…" memorialized the number of people in the United States who lost their lives to the Corona virus pandemic as of November of 2020. The work (taking up 4 acres of the Washington, DC Armory grounds) represented the magnitude of the loss and also humanized the individual experience. At the time, more than 250,000 people were represented through individual white flags, that together provided a visualization of the pandemic sweeping across the country.
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