Chicago Torture Justice Memorials will design and mount a permanent public memorials embodying the experiences and testimonies of over 120 African American police torture survivors and their families. The memorials, which include artwork, archival materials, and oral histories, will connect Chicago police torture to the rise of mass incarceration and excessive sentencing in Illinois and in the broader United States
Chicago Torture Justice Memorials is a cultural collective seeking justice for police torture survivors. Since their founding in 2011, they have curated, organized, and created artwork to reimagine what justice might look like in these cases. This work inspired a grassroots campaign that fought for, and won, unprecedented reparations legislation for torture survivors from the City of Chicago. Whether organizing major exhibitions, pop-up art events, or living memorials, their work embodies the intersection of art and activism, radical popular education, and a tenacious commitment to anti-racist politics.