The SC Crime Victims’ Memorial Garden
About The SC Crime Victims’ Memorial Garden And Path Of Remembrance
The City of Columbia, South Carolina has allocated a space in downtown Columbia at Riverfront Park for the new Crime Victims’ Memorial Garden & Path of Remembrance. There has long been a need for a site for reflection and contemplation, to remember individual crime victims, and to honor the thousands of crime victims throughout our state. It is located at the little Red School House horseshoe area This space adjoins the parking lot for Riverfront Park. This is a collaborative effort between the City of Columbia & The SC Crime Victims’ Council (SCCVC-501 (C) (3)).
View the Dedication Ceremony Below:
This opportunity to have a permanent memorial and “path of remembrance” to honor crime victims is an unprecedented opportunity for victims and citizens to have a beautiful, well-located area in which to reflect and find peace. The chaos that surrounds the tragedy of crime needs a special harbor of tranquility for those whose lives have been shattered.
Citizens, crime victims and survivors may participate in remembering individuals, an entity (such as a law enforcement department) or making a donation to the upkeep of this beautiful space by:
- Mail Order: Print and complete the attached form, indicating whether they are choosing to purchase an engraved brick paver (images below), a bench, a tree or making a donation. Mail the form and a check to the address below OR scan the form and email it to Laura Hudson.
The SC Crime Victims’ Council
1900 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29210-7047
- Online PayPal Order: Purchase the engraved brick paver (images below) by clicking the PayPal “Buy Now” button below. If you’d like to make a donation, please click the Paypal “Donate” button below.
Engraved Brick Pavers:
This new Garden will be used as a gathering spot for the celebration vigil of Victims’ Rights Week each year in April or May, a remembrance location for all crime victim organizations such as the SC Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault, Missing & Exploited Children of SC, MADD of SC, etc. and a place for news media events involving crime victims.
The community involvement in this project is a vital part of educating the public about the tragedy of crime.
Some entities that are joining in making this location a reality are:
SC Department of Corrections – furnishing inmate labor as requested for garden creation and maintenance. The horticultural group, a group of women inmates, is to help plant and maintain the floral areas.
Garden Design by John Long
Garden Supervisor Hal Bowers
Garden Manager Devery Hale
Dept. of Corrections