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The Estuary Projects Installation: Desiree Denise Etheridge


  • Melnea Cass Boulevard and Albany Street Boston, MA, 02119 United States (map)

remembering the apocalypse and re-imagining the new world. a 10 part installation series anchored in Roxbury, MA.

17-year-old Desiree Denise Etheridge was a student at Charlestown High School. The young woman, who had been living in and out of foster care was an artist. She spent her free time painting abstracts of butterflies, zodiac signs and star bursts in class. Described by a community member as a streetwise youngster who craved attention, Desi as they called her, was a beloved friend. “If you say anything kind to her, she’ll stick to you like glue” said the woman, who asked to remain anonymous because she feared for her own daughters life(as reported by the Boston Globe). When she was murdered, Desi was living in a rooming home just a few houses away from Gwendolynn Yvette Stinson on Park Street and was found on Fellows Street in Roxbury. This is only a few feet from where Christine Ricketts and Andrea Foye, the first victims, were found.

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