Memorial to police shooting victim Cherry Groce gets £82,000 boost from local London authorities

A rendering of the Adjaye Associates design for the memorial to Cherry Groce Courtesy of Adjaye Associates

A memorial to Dorothy “Cherry” Groce, who was shot by police in her south London home in 1985, will go ahead after local authorities agreed to underwrite the costs. The memorial, designed by the British-Ghanaian architect David Adjaye, is due to be unveiled in Windrush Square in Brixton on 28 September—marking 35 years since Groce was paralysed in the bungled raid. Groce died from her injuries in 2011.

Lambeth Council agreed to fund the memorial after a report outlined how the Cherry Groce Foundation struggled to raise the £151,163 cost due to the “challenging economic climate” wrought by the coronavirus pandemic. The report recommended the council cover the outstanding £81,749 using money paid by developers in return for planning permission.

The Metropolitan Police, who were sued by Groces children in 2015, have contributed £20,000. Four of her five children were diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder having witnessed the shooting, while an inquest in 2014 found that police failures in carrying out the raid contributed to Groces death.

Adjaye says the memorial, which includes a sheltered seating area, is intended “not only as a memorial but as a pavilion for the community”. The design, he says, “complements the existing features of Windrush Square, the angular forms of the landscaping and lawn areas, and the neighbouring memorial to African and Caribbean soldiers”.

According to a video narrated by Groces son Lee Lawrence, the single column of the memorial “is representative of Cherrys strength and support of her community”, while the roof “speaks to the protection and shelter of the Brixton community”. The planting on the roof “represents an element of change, growth and optimism”.

Groce was born in Jamaica in 1948 and came to the UK in 1962. Her shooting sparked riots in Brixton where racial tensions had run high just four years earlier with young black people clashing with police over the institutional racism and systemic injustice fRead More – Source

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