The Soul Box Project on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

This Loss We Carry DC event poster

This Loss We Carry

October 16-17, 2021

The Soul Box Project exhibit on the National Mall has been our the largest memorial to date, providing a dramatic visual for the incomprehensible number of 200,000 people killed or injured by gunfire in the U.S. in fewer than three years.

Within this exhibit, almost 36,000 Soul Boxes represented the number of U.S. gunfire deaths in just one year. This selection of Boxes was exhibited on 800 linear feet of display panels under an open pavilion spanning the width of the Mall. Visitors were able to get up close to view these small, poignant memorials personalized with names, messages and compelling artwork.

Hundreds of volunteers carried the additional 164,000 Soul Boxes onto the Mall in solemn processions, enabling visitors to comprehend the full scale of U.S. gunfire deaths and injuries in just under three years.

The title of this exhibit, This Loss We Carry, is an apt description of how we can honor the many lives torn apart by the gunfire epidemic, echoing similar words from Amanda Gorman’s 2021 inaugural poem, “The Hill We Climb.”

This Loss We Carry DC event posterThis Loss We Carry

October 16-17, 2021

The Soul Box Project exhibit on the National Mall has been our largest memorial to date, providing a dramatic visual for the incomprehensible number of people killed or injured by gunfire in the U.S. in fewer than three years.

Within this exhibit, almost 36,000 Soul Boxes represented the number of U.S. gunfire deaths in just one year. This selection of Boxes was exhibited on display panels under an open pavilion spanning 800 linear feet, across the width of the Mall. Visitors were able to get up close to view these memorials personalized with names, messages and compelling artwork.

Hundreds of volunteers carried 164,000 additional Soul Boxes, representing the unnamed victims of gunfire, onto the Mall in a solemn procession.

The title of this exhibit, This Loss We Carry, is an apt description of how we can honor the many lives torn apart by the gunfire epidemic, echoing similar words from Amanda Gorman’s 2021 inaugural poem, “The Hill We Climb.”

The weekend in Washington, D.C., on the National Mall.

We are thankful for everyone who assisted in attaining this major goal of revealing the U.S. gunfire epidemic at our nation’s Capitol. This Loss We Carry was a VISUALLY STUNNING call-to-action and a source of solace and healing for many who participated. Excellent national media coverage by major networks and the Washington Post reached over 500 million viewers and attracted an estimated 5,000 visitors to the exhibit.

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This Loss We Carry Photo and Video Highlights

Friday’s Highlights

The photos, below, show the installation on Friday, October 15.

I’ve watched this procedure before at other exhibits we have done, so the installation was very familiar. But then, I would look up and see the U.S. Capitol building and it would take my breath away:We are here. This is it. We are on the National Mall making this exhibit happen.” That realization of where we were and how important this was would wash over me again and again throughout the weekend. Leslie Lee, Founder and Director

Friday’s Video Highlights

Saturday’s Highlights

The photos, below, show the our first day open with visitors starting to come through the installation – Saturday, October 16.

Whether it was the loss of a son, daughter, friend, or parent due to gunfire, a personal experience with gun violence, injury, or anxiety, or being fed up with the news of gunfire deaths and injuries in their community. Each person had a reason to show up. There was joy that loved ones were being counted, honored, and remembered, but a deep sadness and anger at the magnitude of Soul Boxes as well. –Kelsea Ashenbrenner, Soul Box Project Administrative Assistant

Saturday’s Video Highlights

Sunday’s Highlights

Sunday’s Video Highlights