Community celebrates grand opening of garden to honor Anthony Sowell victims


CLEVELAND (WJW) — The garden that memorializes 11 women murdered at the site by convicted serial killer Anthony Sowell celebrated its grand opening today at 11 a.m.

The Garden of Eleven Angels is a living memorial to the women whose lives were brutally taken 12 years ago.

A ground breaking ceremony in July marked the beginning of hope brought back to this community by
transforming these eight vacant parcels into a memorial and a space to gather, recreate, reflect, and
enjoy nature.

The city recognized this area is a painful and traumatic memory for the families of the victims, the survivors and the neighborhood and said, “Over the years, many community and faith leaders have worked together towards establishing a memorial to honor the victims of this horrific act of violence.”

Today’s grand opening brings some road closures. Please plan accordingly.

  • Imperial Ave. from E. 119th St. to E. 123rd St.
  • E. 119th St & E. 121st St. from Luke Ave. to Imperial Ave

A Cuyahoga County jury gave Sowell a death sentence, but he died on Feb. 8 at the age of 61 with no execution date.

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