The afternoon of May 26, 2017, three riders on board a MAX train approaching Hollywood Transit Center were assaulted after they stood up to a man who was harassing two young women based on their race and religion. Two of the intervening riders were killed and the third was left with life-threatening injuries.
The tragedy sparked an immediate and tremendous outpouring of love and support at the transit center. Thousands of people expressed their appreciation for the men who intervened and offered condolences to their families and friends. Words of healing and encouragement were left for the young women. Altogether, the messages, chalk art and bouquets of flowers created a moving and spontaneous temporary memorial.
Moving forward with tributes
TriMet and the community would like to display a lasting tribute to the lives lost and lives touched. With the Hollywood Transit Center undergoing a renovation in the coming years, we're planning to have a tribute on site by May 26, 2018, the one-year anniversary of the attack.
After conferring with the families of those involved, we plan to put a commemorative plaque at the transit center. The plaque will be 4 feet by 6 feet and made of porcelain enamel on steel. It will include descriptive words that honor the three men and the two women, along with images of the spontaneous memorial.
We have selected writer, designer, editor and typographer John Laursen to design the artwork. For four decades, his Portland studio has specialized in the design and production of books and text-based public art projects, including memorials. He will work directly with the families and others to create a thoughtful acknowledgement.
We also plan to create a mural reminiscent of the spontaneous temporary memorial. We've formed an advisory committee of diverse artists, designers and other community stakeholders who will select multicultural artists to paint the ramp wall with some of the messages that were written in chalk in the days following the attack.
Future committee meeting announcements will be posted here.
November 7 Agenda
Advisory Committee Members
Muslim Education Trust
Oregon Arts Commission
Oregon Coalition Against Hate Crime
Eugenie Jolivett Fontana
Regional Arts and Culture Council
Pacific Northwest College of Art Diversity and Inclusion
Valerie Otani, Chair
Hillsboro Public Art Program
Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education
Other plans for Hollywood Transit Center
In April 2016, we began to look at ways to improve the Hollywood Transit Center. A conceptual design effort is now underway that may result in redesigning and/or redeveloping the transit center over the coming years. During that renovation, the plaque will be incorporated into a permanent memorial honoring the men and women at the center of our thoughts that day, as well as our community's inspired reaction that renounced hate and embraced healing.