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MCTC’s Project Daffodil Memorial Garden First in Kentucky

November 10, 2020
by Brady Shultz

Interim President Russ Ward planting a daffodil bulb in the soil.

The Maysville Campus of Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC) is now home to the first official Daffodil Holocaust Memorial Garden in the state of Kentucky.

A small socially distanced crowd of faculty and staff as well as several former students gathered on Friday, November 6 to mark the occasion and help plant daffodil bulbs.

The Daffodil Project is a global awareness initiative established by The Holocaust Education and Genocide Awareness Project. Their goal aspires to build and worldwide living holocaust memorial by planning 1.5 million daffodils in memory of the children who perished in the Holocaust and in support of children suffering from humanitarian crises in the world today.

Brianna Whitten, Associate Professor of English and Literature at the college spoke to the crowd and provided some insight into the effort. “The potential for growth and fulfillment for these children was cut short. They were not given the chance to grow, to live or learn,” Whitten says.

She also explained why the daffodil was chosen over other flower varieties for this world-wide effort.

The shape and color of the daffodils represent the yellow stars that Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust. Yellow is the color of remembrance. Daffodils represent hope for the future. They are resilient and return with a burst of color each spring, signifying hope, renewal and beauty. The daffodils also honor those who survived the Holocaust and went on to build new lives after this dark and difficult period.

Whitten who also teaches a Holocaust literature course at the college went on to say, “MCTC has committed to building a living memorial on each of our four campuses by 2023. They will stand as living symbols of MCTC’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity for all people who grace our campuses.”

The daffodils in MCTC’s garden are expected to be in full bloom next spring.