The bronze Broadway Dance Steps have been a mostly fun reminder of joy and frolic on Capitol Hill’s main drag. They have now been joined by a more somber reminder of the people who have lived and died on the streets of the neighborhood.
Sunday, All Pilgrims Church hosted a dedication for six new “Leaves of Remembrance,” a Seattle-wide project to mark the city with small, leaf-shaped memorials for people who have passed away while dealing with homelessness.
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The Homeless Remembrance Project is paid for by donations. Each leaf includes the name of a person who lived in the area, their year of birth, and the year they died.
Many of the names are not familiar except to loved ones. Some have tragic stories like Zachary Lewis who was murdered and left in an empty lot where Broadway Hill Park is now in 2011.
More than a dozen locations now host the leaves in Seattle. King County has a growing population of homeless people. Last year, the county set a sad mark, recording 169 deaths of people who were homeless at the time of their passing.
The cluster of six new leaves and a seventh with information about the project can be found on the corner of Broadway and Republican in front of All Pilgrims near where the Metro coach drivers park during breaks. CHS found the bronze leaves being joined by a few natural ones as fall sets in. Nearby, the church’s Same Love Garden has taken shape.
Here are the people included in the Capitol Hill cluster dedicated Sunday. You can read more about each person by clicking on their name.
- Zachary “Zack” Lewis: 1973—2011
- Erin Martinez: 1976—2015
- Susan Kelley: 1955—2013
- Chad Rogers: 1972—2016
- Joshua Hatfield: 1973—2003
- Charles “Casper” Shipley: 1973—2008
To learn more, visit fallenleaves.org.