ORLANDO, Fla. – A social justice exhibit hopes to deliver results in Central Florida by telling the story of a Kentucky woman killed in a botched police raid from a new perspective.
“Breonna’s Garden” is a digital immersion exhibit that tells an in-depth, never-before-told story of the Breonna Taylor who was shot and killed? by police in Louisville, Ky., during a raid on her apartment in 2020.
After the police broke the door’s hinges, Breonna’s friend fired his pistol once and hit a sergeant in the thigh.
Police responded by firing several shots, hitting Ms Taylor five times. An officer blindly fired 10 bullets into the apartment.
Her death and how it happened sparked protests across the country, including here in Central Florida.
“It’s incredible to be able to be free in a place like this,” said Sasha LoveHiggins, a volunteer at Breonna’s Garden. She told News 6 that the experience was emotional, comforting and inspiring.
Grace Wang completed the full immersion and described what she saw.
“I was surrounded by flowers. It was just beautiful. The experience is really moving,” Wang said.
Messages from Taylor’s family are seen from every digital rose in the garden throughout the experience, which includes voice notes for family members giving testimonies in Taylor’s room.
People are transported to both areas in their augmented or virtual reality
“You can expect peace. Many people have an overwhelming sense of calm, beauty, peace, tranquility,” said Lady Pheonix, creator of Breonna’s Garden.
Taylor’s family hopes this experience will shed new light on who Breonna was as a person.
“I like it because this is about her self and not her pain,” said Taylor’s sister, Ju’niyah Palmer.
Palmer said the idea came about when Lady Pheonix reached out after Palmer received death threats.
Originally, the project was a family-only getaway, but it has now expanded to the world.
“I just want people to know that even if she didn’t know you, she loved you. It didn’t matter who you were, what you did. She’ll love you no matter what,” Palmer said.
While this exhibit is intended to be a place of healing, the organizers say that presenting this exhibit here in Orlando means so much more.
“We’re here in Orlando. We stood up for the rights of people who have been deprived of their rights by the laws in force,” said Brenda Darden Wilkerson.
Wilkerson leads the Grace Hopper conference, which brought Breonna’s Garden to Orlando.
She told News 6 that the impact will extend beyond the conference by donating a portion of the proceeds to local organizations and nonprofits.
“The Florida Access Network and also the Zebra Coalition, so we support. We stand for those who fight for our human rights,” Wilkerson said.
As for the creator behind the experience, she says she hopes people can heal and come together.
“We need to take time for each other, we need to take time to honor ourselves and our loved ones,” said Lady Pheonix.
The exhibit is sold out, but organizers say people can still experience the exhibit at home and learn more about Breonna Taylor’s story. A app is available download on your mobile device.
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