The memorial will include 33 different varieties of trees and flowers, feature a free library for the community and an engraved statue with the victims’ names.
CLEVELAND — The 11 women who were murdered by serial killer Anthony Sowell in Cleveland will soon be honored with a memorial known as the “Garden of 11 Angels” on Imperial Avenue at the site they lost their lives.
Groundbreaking for the memorial is set for 10 a.m. today, which we are streaming live in the player at the top of this story. Construction on the memorial is set to be complete later this fall.
“The memorial and park is a much-needed investment in a community that has experienced tremendous tragedy,” according to a press release from the Mt. Pleasant Ministerial Alliance.
3News previously reported that the memorial will include 33 different varieties of trees, plants and flowers. It will also feature an engraved monument featuring the names of the 11 women coupled with an excerpt of of Maya Angelou’s poem Still I Rise.
They’re calling it the beginning of a new chapter for the community.
“The project seeks to uplift and bring hope to the community by transforming these eight vacant parcels into a memorial to bring closure and healing, restoring the site to a beautiful and ecologically thriving natural area that will provide the surrounding community with a space to gather, recreate, reflect and enjoy nature.”
Sowell, who was convicted and sentenced to death in the case, died in prison earlier this year at the age of 61. His crimes were discovered in October 2009 when police entered Sowell’s home where all 11 bodies were found.
Editor’s note: Video in the player above was originally published on Feb. 9, 2021.