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Exhibit Spotlight: The Unfinished Lives Project

If you stop by the Easton Public Library between now and April 30 this year, you will notice a couple dozen shadow boxes on prominent display.

Anne McGee, MSW is the creator of the travelling exhibit, a survivor of domestic violence, as well as a victim advocate at The Center for Family Justice, which is the domestic and sexual violence agency serving adult and child victims in Easton, Bridgeport, Monroe, Trumbull, Fairfield, and Stratford.

The Unfinished Lives Project was born out of a dissatisfaction McGee would feel after speaking to audiences about her survivor story.

“People would listen politely, and I know they cared,” said Anne of her speaking engagement, “but I wanted to help my audiences feel the grief and use that emotion to actually do something that could help us address the rampant issue of domestic violence in our communities.”

So she began producing a shadow box representative of each of the individuals in Connecticut who lost their lives to domestic violence.

“These victims aren’t just numbers. They are teachers who will never teach again. They are soon to be grandparents who will never spoil their grandchildren. They are beautiful souls who love the sound of crunching leaves in the Fall, hosting cookouts for their friends and community, and, of course, they are our loved ones.”

From speaking engagements in 2015 to a one-time shoe box display in 2017 to an envisioned, travelling exhibit in the assemblage style today (we’ll just skip the part where the pandemic brought us to a screeching halt!), the goal now is to inspire our communities to action in honor of those we lost and to support those still with us in desperate need of being believed, supported, and seen.

The display is located right at the entrance. If you find yourself in need of support, The Center for Family Justice offers 24/7 English and Spanish hotline services at 203-384-9559.


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