Boston South End Church Installs Ribbons To Remember MA Covid Deaths

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A church in Boston’s South End started a project last year to remember the lives lost to Covid-19 in the Commonwealth. But now, it has hit a milestone church leaders never expected to see.

Grant A.M.E Church on Washington Street has been steadily adding more and more pastel colored ribbons to its façade. Each ribbon represents one life lost in Massachusetts. As of Tuesday, three rows of ribbons stretch from one end of the building to the other.

Pastor Pedro Castro Jr. said when they started installing the ribbons back in April of 2020, he predicted between one and two thousand people would die from the virus.

“And when we went to three thousand, I was like wow — and then it just kept climbing," Castro Jr. said. "We never thought in our wildest imagination that there would be this many ribbons in front of the church.”

The church is adding another several hundred ribbons this week, representing the over 13 thousand lives lost so far in the Commonwealth during the pandemic.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports.

Written by Rachel Armany

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