The Estuary Projects today began a three-month project to remember the 12 young black women murdered in Roxbury in 1979, with an installation at East Lenox and Reed streets. The site is where the first two victims, Andrea Foye, 17, and Christine Ricketts, 15, were found murdered, their bodies wrapped in a trash bag and a blanket, 40 years ago today.
Over the following weeks, more black women in Roxbury would be murdered. At first, their deaths merited little public attention. Police did not suspect a serial killer - eventually four different men would be charged with some of the murders, while others went unsolved. But as awareness dawned, the Roxbury murders sparked public protests and marches.
Over the next 12 weeks, the Estuary Projects will create similar memorials at the scenes where the other victims were murdered.