Letter from Neva Sly Hargrave

Dear Ron:

Ms. Norwood’s action against the Memorial is unbelievable, as she is only one person who suffered because of the loved ones she lost. I feel truly sorry for Ms. Norwood’s loss and I know the pain she has gone through, and will always remember. However, I not only lost my Husband, son and foster sons, Actually I lost over 900 of my family, and I still feel the pain of that loss every day.

I have to go to the Memorial. After all, this is MY family. We have been examined, prodded and interviewed through many different avenues of the media. Yet we have not had the good fortune, until now, to have a special Memorial stone to commemorate the cause of justice and equality for all, that we worked so hard for. Now I feel that we are being recognized as a group of loving people, a family all together working for equality.

We deserve to be able to meditate and pray for our family in a peaceful setting, where we can see the names of our dear family members who gave their lives for the cause of equality.

I cannot express how grateful I am to Evergreen Cemetery for accommodating us in such a respectful manner.


Neva Sly Hargrave