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Crown Hill's Virtual "BEFORE I DIE" Wall

Mar 7 - Dec 31, 2017
Crown Hill Cemetery, 700 W. 38th St., Indianapolis, IN 46208, Indianapolis, IN

IMPORTANT NOTE: The physical Before I Die wall at Crown Hill Cemetery was removed July 2017 after being in place since April 2016. We've been deeply moved by what's been shared on our wall since it was installed and would like to encourage people to share their hopes and dreams on Crown Hill's Before I Die wall Facebook page. It will be our virtual wall! We welcome your posts and photos! Let's keep it going!


Crown Hill's BEFORE I DIE wall was
Proudly Presented by Crown Hill Cemetery & Heritage Foundation

Crown Hill’s BEFORE I DIE Wall
What better place to contemplate life than in a cemetery? As part of a world-wide public art movement, Crown Hill Cemetery and Heritage Foundation erected a "Before I Die" wall in April 2016 in participation with the "Before I Die" Festival presented by the I.U. School of Nursing. We anticipated the wall remaining in place for a couple of months, but through the urging of the public we continued to make this unique interactive wall available for over a year. It was removed July 25, 2017.

Follow our page and be inspired by what others wrote on the wall, and add your own hopes and dreams!

Other BEFORE I DIE Walls
Before I Die walls are part of a global participatory public art project begun by artist Candy Chang after losing someone she loved and experiencing deep depression. After receiving permission she created an interactive wall on an abandoned house in her neighborhood in New Orleans. She painted it with chalkboard paint and stenciled it with a grid of the sentence, “Before I die I want to _____________.” Anyone walking by could pick up a piece of chalk, reflect on their lives, and share their personal aspirations in public space. It was all an experiment and she didn’t know what to expect. By the next day, the wall was full of responses and it kept growing. After posting a few photos online, the images spread and she received hundreds of messages from people who wanted to make a wall with their community. She created a website with resources (see below) and now thanks to passionate people around the world, over 1,000 Before I Die walls have been created in over 35 languages and over 70 countries.

Crown Hill's "Before I Die" Wall on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BeforeIDieWallCrownHill/

“Before I Die Wall” TED Talk by founder Candy Chang: https://goo.gl/Lmt7Aq

“Before I Die Wall” online (with resources): http://beforeidie.cc/site/

For a complete list of our PUBLIC TOURS & EVENTS for 2017 (with photos!), please visit:

Crown Hill Funeral Home & Cemetery
Web: CrownHill.org
Facebook: CrownHill.org
Twitter: @CrownHillCem

Crown Hill Heritage Foundation
Web: CrownHillHF.org
Facebook: CrownHillHeritageFoundation
Twitter: @CrownHillCem

Crown Hill Tour Guide & Historian Tom Davis tweets history, pics, & trivia: @CrownHillTom

CELEBRATING 150 YEARS with “CROWN HILL: History, Spirit, Sanctuary”
In celebration of Crown Hill's 150th Anniversary, Crown Hill Heritage Foundation and Indiana Historical Society Press have published a fantastic coffee table book that’s been chosen as the SILVER PLACE WINNER in Foreward Review's prestigious "BOOK OF THE YEAR" Contest in the Regional Category!

CROWN HILL: History, Spirit, Sanctuary is a beautiful 380-page coffee table book which tells the story of our nation's third largest non-government cemetery from it's founding in 1863 (during the Civil War) until today. Authors Douglas Wissing, Marianne Tobias, Rebecca Dolan, and Anne Ryder cover many topics including extensive history, personal and poignant stories, natural history, and numerous vignettes of individuals and families who rest within its historic Gothic gates. It features over 600 beautiful, full color photographs by Marty N. Davis and Richard Fields, including a number of aerial photos of Crown Hill that will capture your attention as they allow you to see Crown Hill as you've never seen it before! Author Douglas Wissing beautifully weaves together 150 years of Crown Hill history with local and state history, creating the context which allowed Crown Hill to become the "City on the Hill" - the final resting place of many of our pioneers, civic leaders, politicians, musicians, actors, artists, automotive manufacturers and Indianapolis 500 notables, military and public safety heroes, and countless others.

CROWN HILL: History, Spirit, Sanctuary is available for purchase at the Crown Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery office during regular office hours or may be ordered off of either website. The total cost is $40 per book, or $50 if mailed. You may also order you copy by phone or by mail for $40 each and pick your book up at the Funeral Home and Cemetery office Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. For more information, please contact Marianne Randjelovic at development@crownhill.org or call (317) 920-4165.

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