The identifiers used to locate memorials for people of colour

Visual appearance

The visibility of the person being memorialized as shown through their photos and their familial relations. This includes their physical appearance. 

Place of birth

This country that they were born in. This speaks towards migration. 


  • Name: Looking at the roots behind their given name.
  • Language: There may be hints of a language besides English being used on the memorial in the form of: nicknames, colloquial phrases, sentiments from visitors left in the condolences, the vernacular or the way things are phrased.

Reference to Etnicity

Whether they part of a community or an association that has cultural relevance. Also looking at where the funeral was held and the ethnic communities that they did work in. 

Encountering a memorial of a person where race is not identified

  • If within the memorial there is no mention to any of the aforementioned identifiers, it may because the creator of the memorial (and by extension the deceased) are in a place where these identifiers don’t make sense within the communities they exist in. This idea can be related to Douglas Kellner's chapter about community
  • For example – African Americans may not explicitly make mention of their racialized category and this may be due to a transition to Americanness