On the 28th September 1985, witnessed by her children, Cherry Groce was shot in her home by the Metropolitan Police. The shooting of an innocent mother sparked the Brixton uprising, in which a community rose up in protest to the ongoing, systemic injustice faced by Britain’s black community.
Having been paralysed by the shooting, Cherry passed away as a direct result of her injuries in 2011.
The 35 years since the shooting is a story of a family and community working together in the pursuit of truth and justice, refusing to accept that this is simply how our society works. In the face of institutional barriers and personal hardship, we persisted. Following her passing, we finally established the full truth of the events of that night and its aftermath in 2014. Since then, we have continued to work for accountability through true restorative justice for what happened: to acknowledge it, to build understanding of the causes of it, and to ensure it never happens again.
The injustice done unto Cherry Groce and her family on the 28th September 1985 and its aftermath catalysed a community to act together relentlessly and persistently in the pursuit of justice for more than three decades. It played a key role in securing progress in race relations in the UK and the development of the community in Brixton. Our achievements together in that effort can inspire us to continue to work together to make justice reality across our society.
We will honour those efforts with a new Memorial in Windrush Square, Brixton, which has been designed by the world-renowned architect Sir David Adjaye.
Dorothy 'Cherry' Groce
A FUTURE OF JUSTICE,
FOR ALL OF US.
The Memorial exists to
create awareness and understanding of the life and experience of Cherry Groce and her family, as well as the broader community.
create a permanent place of reflection and inspiration for the public to connect with the full concept of justice and reconciliation.
highlight the importance of this event to modern British society and place it in its historical context.
be the centrepiece and catalyst to a broader programme of learning, including a digital platform that is intrinsically linked to the experience of the Memorial.
THE INSPIRATION FOR THE DESIGN
Sir David and Adjaye Associates have designed the memorial to be a pavilion that will be used by the community, in which the canopy speaks to protection and shelter; the pillar to strength and support; the triangles to the mountains of West Africa and Jamaica in Cherry’s roots. Together, these elements combine to create a memorial that is outward-looking and optimistic, as Cherry was and the community continues to be.
Please note that the designs and images on this website are indicative of our intention, but might change as we complete the development process.
LEGACY FOR THE FUTURE
Alongside the Memorial, we will develop The Path to Justice Programme that consists of:
a digital platform that combines an interactive educational resource with special features that enhance visitors' engagement with the memorial itself.
teaching resources that will enable teachers across England, Scotland and Wales to bring the concepts and dimensions of justice to life for students, rooted in a vital moment of modern British history, so that they can be empowered to make justice reality in their own lives.
We believe that, together, the Memorial and Education Programme will provide an important and valuable national platform for our society to understand and grow from a part of our history that challenges us to create a more just future, for all of us.
We will launch the Memorial in the Spring of 2021 - 35 years since the shooting of Cherry Groce.
WHO WE ARE
The Memorial will be delivered by the Cherry Groce Foundation, registered with Charity Commission of England & Wales (#1165412), with oversight and support of our memorial committee:
Lee Lawrence (Chair)
Lord Paul Boateng
HELP MAKE SURE OUR FUTURE HONOURS AND LEARNS FROM OUR PAST
We are creating this Memorial to ensure that for our community and country, we build our future in a way that honours and learns from our past. We hope you will support us if you can:
if you're part of a company, we are building a corporate supporter's programme, so please email us.
if you're an individual, please donate.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
THE CHERRY GROCE FOUNDATION
The Cherry Groce Foundation was established in 2014 as a tribute to Cherry Groce, who radiated positive energy and chose to live life to the fullest despite her circumstances.
It's that spirit we work to honour by supporting members of the BME community of South London with a physical or mental impairment/disability - often facing challenging circumstances - live full lives.
WHAT WE DO
We focus on three areas of activity:
Well-being and Experience Days.
Experiences transform - we organise memorable and fun days out for participating and their carers, together with others. The communities and networks we build tackle loneliness and isolation, promote cohesiveness and help participants regain confidence.
Community Mediation & Restorative Justice Service.
Challenging circumstances can lead to great tension and conflict - so we try to support individuals in the community to resolve conflict in their lives.
A great barrier to accessibility is transport, so we provide affordable transport to encourage independence and inclusion.