CHICAGO — As crews work on the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park, a garden will be dedicated to Hadiya Pendleton — who was shot and killed nine years ago after performing at the president’s second inauguration.
Pendleton, from Bronzeville, was just 15 when she was killed in a South Side park close to Obama’s Kenwood home.
“At her funeral, I met her family her classmates and I immediately understood the power and potential that lay inside this young woman,” Michelle Obama said.
The slain teen became a symbol in the anti-gun violence movement. On Friday, Michelle Obama announced the naming of the “Hadiya Pendleton Winter Garden” in the upcoming Obama Presidential Center — which is slated to open in 2025.
“It will be a dazzling public space, full of freshness and light,” Obama said. “It will offer a warm welcome to all the visitors. It will be a place to gather to connect.”