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MLK Commons Memorial Panel 2

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Memorials; Messages of Support; Condolence Notes; Prayers; Empathy; Dubowski, Gayle; Garcia, Catalina; Gehant, Julianna; Mace, Ryanne; Parmenter, Daniel; Ribbons; Artwork; Crosses; Guns; Campus Violence; School Shootings; 2/14 Memorial Collection


The Regional History Center/University Archives at NIU has the mission of preserving and documenting the history of the university, including those as incomprehensive as the tragic event that occurred on campus on Thursday, February 14, 2008.

One way our community helped each other was by writing messages of support on the Memorial Panels that were placed in the Martin Luther King Commons. When the A-frame boards were dismantled, the Message Panels were brought to the Regional History Center/University Archives for permanent preservation. Then the panels were layered in archival tissue, wrapped around archival tubes, and covered with muslin cloth and ties for permanent preservation in the Archives.

Originally there were eight panels placed in the Martin Luther King Commons. Due to the weather, two of the panels were removed on March 19, 2008 and blank canvass were installed so additional messages of support could be added.


Northern Illinois University Community


The ten panels were photographed by Robert Banke, NIU Media Services, using a large format digital camera. Each panel was scanned in two pieces taking approximately twenty minutes per scan. Charles Larry, Public Relations Officer for the University Libraries, pieced the two scans together.


Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois; literary rights are dedicated to the public. Reference our policies and rights for use of the 2/14 Memorial Collection.


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Northern Illinois University Community, "MLK Commons Memorial Panel 2," in February 14, 2008 Memorial, Item #778, (accessed October 23, 2016).