Riggs Park in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Legacy Memorial Park
District of Columbia Parks & Recreation
The Legacy Memorial Park is dedicated to honor the nine lives lost on June 22, 2009 as a result of an unprecedented train collision. Designed collaboratively by Hunt Laudi Studio with sculptor Barbara Liotta and built through a partnership between the DC commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Department of General Services, the park is intended as a space of reflection and joyous remembrance. Nine stone sculpted forms rise from earthen mounds, individually etched with a name, recalling souls that will never be forgotten. This park also symbolizes the collective experience shared by first responders, community members, and countless others whose lives were forever altered by the tragedy. Above the park, a canopy of London Planes will shade the greenspace and embody the overlapping network of families, friends, and neighbors that intersect on common ground below.
[Names of the victims of the crash listed:]
Cameron T. Williams
Jeanice E. McMillan
Dennis R. Hawkins
Erected by DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR).
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Disasters • Parks & Recreational Areas • Railroads & Streetcars. A significant historical date for this entry is June 22, 2009.
Location. 38° 57.606′ N, 77° 0.447′ W. Marker is in Riggs Park in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker is on South Dakota Avenue Northeast north of New Hampshire Avenue Northeast, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5801 South Dakota Avenue Northeast, Washington DC 20011, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civil War Defenses of Washington (here, next to this marker); Fort Slocum (approx. 0.3 miles away); WOOK-TV Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Marlon Francisco Morales (approx. 0.4 miles away); Original Federal Boundary Stone, District of Columbia, Northeast 3 (approx. half a mile away in Maryland); In Memory of Those Who Lost Their Lives on June 22, 2009 (approx. 0.6 miles away); St. Paul's Episcopal Church and Rock Creek Cemetery (approx. 0.7 miles away); Opha May Jacob Johnson Monument (approx. 0.8 miles away).
Also see . . . June 2009 Washington Metro train collision (Wikipedia). "During the afternoon (Submitted on March 26, 2018.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 24, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 104 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on March 24, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.