Denver Soil Collection

Eight of us gathered on an early winter morning, by the big bell outside the Auraria campus which used to be the location of the Denver County Jail. This was where Preston Porter Jr. was imprisoned and tortured for days before eventually being threatened and coerced into a confession. This video is a short clip of Reverend Tawana Davis clearing and opening up the space with grounding, and healing words before we began the process of digging up the soil. 

Rosemary Lytle begins the soil collection

We each took turns digging up and scooping the soil into the jar, the jar that will eventually make the long journey to the Peace and Justice Memorial Center in Montgomery, Alabama.  

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