A visual tribute project commemorating the lives of men and women who died crossing the US border from Mexico is discussed on the Thursday November 8 edition of the 8 O’Clock Buzz. Host Tony Castaneda interviews Ariana, a student at Edgewood College, who created the project. Her project, “Dying to Cross,” is a visual tribute commemorating the 177 men and women who died in the deserts while crossing the southern border, in pursuit of their American Dream. The project is displayed in the library courtyard of the Edgewood campus.
Says Ariana, “I’ve come from a family of immigrants, so I’ve seen both sides of it; how it affects people here in the US and how it affects people in Mexico. So I just wanted the people of Edgewood to be able to think about it a little.” The project features 177 crosses across the campus and the library courtyard. Each cross contains the name, gender, age, and cause of death of the individual: most of the causes of death say “unknown.” Ariana explains that it is typically volunteers who discover the bodies in the desert.
The project is open to the public. A remembrance ceremony will be held today, November 8, at 6:30 PM in front of the main building on campus.
There will also be a film showing at 7 PM with a discussion to follow afterwards. “De Nadie” is presented in conjunction with the Immigration film series that is currently being held on campus at the Anderson auditorium.
Contact Edgewood’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion for more information.
Listen to the entire interview here: