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Derry-Londonderry in County Londonderry, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
 

Death of Innocence

Annette McGavigan

 
 
Annette McGavigan Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 18, 2012
1. Annette McGavigan Marker
Inscription.

Annette McGavigan
Aged 14
Shot dead by the British Army
6 September 1971
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Here the innocence of a child's world contrasts vividly with the chaotic violence with which others have surrounded her. The mural commemorates fourteen year old Annette McGavigan who was shot by a British soldier in 1971, the 100th victim of the Troubles and one of the first children to be killed. The little coloured stones at her feet are objects that she was collecting for a school project. The broken gun signals a call for an end to violence. The butterfly and the crucifix are symbols of innocence and rebirth. Annette stands for all the children who have died through violence during the Troubles.

Our challenge was to take such a heart-rending event as the brutal death of a young girl and make it the plea for peace and sanity.
 
Erected 2000 by The Bogside Artists.
 
Location. 54° 59.712′ N, 7° 19.644′ W. Marker is in Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland, in County Londonderry. Marker is at the intersection of Lecky Road (B507) and Westland Street, on the left when traveling north on Lecky Road (B507). Click for map.
Death of Innocence Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 18, 2012
2. Death of Innocence Marker
Marker is at or near this postal address: 21 Westland Street, Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland BT48 9EP, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Bloody Sunday Commemoration (a few steps from this marker); The Petrol Bomber (within shouting distance of this marker); Bernadette (within shouting distance of this marker); Free Derry Corner (within shouting distance of this marker); SeŠn Keenan / ” CianŠin (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Bloody Sunday (about 90 meters away); The Peace Process (about 90 meters away); IRA Volunteers Honor Roll (about 120 meters away). Click for a list of all markers in Derry-Londonderry.
 
Also see . . .
1. Annette McGavigan. (Submitted on January 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Death of a Derry Schoolgirl. (Submitted on January 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. The Bogside Artists and their Derry Murals. (Submitted on January 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. The Troubles, 1968-1998. (Submitted on January 7, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicCivil RightsDisastersPeace
 
Death of Innocence Mural and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 18, 2012
3. Death of Innocence Mural and Marker
Death of Innocence Mural image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 18, 2012
4. Death of Innocence Mural
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 437 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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