“Un(re)solved” Art Installation

The “Un(re)solved” art installation is designed as a “memory forest” that weaves together history and present day stories of those who have been lost, as told by their descendants. Photo by Alyssa Stone/Northeastern University. 

Say their names. Know their stories.

In partnership with PBS’ FRONTLINE, Northeastern Law’s Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ) and Center for Law, Equity and Race (CLEAR) is proud to present:


An Augmented Reality Art Installation
October 7 - November 18, 2022 | Cabot Quad, Northeastern University

Who are the men, women and children whose cases were reexamined under the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act?

In the “Un(re)solved” installation, explore a living quilt and use augmented reality to bring to life the stories of these persons woven throughout. Learn about a federal effort to grapple with America’s legacy of racist killings. The Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project at Northeastern University School of Law is an academic partner for the Emmy award-winning Un(re)solved.

Visit the “Un(re)solved” installation,  located outside Northeastern’s Cabot Center until November 18, and use augmented-reality to bring civil rights era killings, often racist murders, out of the shadows of the past.

Through rows of engraved trees with roots stretching out below, hundreds of names framed on quilted panes jump out at the viewer. Each name belongs to someone who was killed in a racial violence cold case that was reopened due to the 2008 Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act.

Beside each name is a QR code that the viewer can scan with their phones. In order to activate the QR code, which takes viewers through an immersive AR experience with information about that person and audio of their descendants, the viewer also has to speak the person’s name out loud.

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Un(re)solved Project Trailer

Oct 7, 2022 - Nov 17, 2022

8:00 am to 5:00 pm