It will be a place of learning and reflection. Tears flowed Thursday afternoon during a ceremony at Cummings Elementary School. The gathering honored the people killed during Memphis’ deadliest fire in nearly a century.
Five of the ten people killed in September’s Severson house fire attended Cummings K through 8 School. The legacy of those children will live on at learning garden, made possible thanks to private donations.
Surviving family members were extremely touched by the gesture.
“Y’all can imagine just what we are going through, asking ourselves, why? It’s just something that’s going to be there forever, the hurting thing, but we appreciate everyone who was involved,” said grandfather Ernest Jett, Sr.
Memphis fire leaders also used the dedication to remind Cummings students of the importance of fire safety, like having working smoke detectors and a planned escape route.
Investigators said a faulty air conditioning cord caused the deadly house fire, claiming the lives of seven adults and three children.