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Winter Garden at Obama Presidential Center Honors Hadiya Pendleton

Today President and Mrs. Obama announced they are proud to honor the memory of Hadiya Pendleton with the naming of the Hadiya Pendleton Winter Garden at the Obama Presidential Center.

In the winter of 2013, Hadiya was shot and killed on the South Side of Chicago, just eight days after performing with her majorette squad during President Obama’s second presidential inauguration. Hadiya was a bright, energetic, and welcoming honor student adored by her friends and family. Sadly, her story is a familiar reminder of the epidemic of gun violence in so many cities across the country.

By naming the Winter Garden for Hadiya, the Obamas hope the space will be a constant reminder of Hadiya’s legacy for all visitors to the Center for generations to come, capturing her spirit and presence and serving as a beacon to every one of the potential that exists in our youth and the need to do more to protect and support young people.


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