Broome County’s Forget-Me-Not Memorial Garden is dedicated to all of the children who have been victims of a crime. The inspiration for the garden came after the house at 6 ½ Sturges Street was demolished in July 2020. This address was the location of the tragic murder of 12-year-old Cheri Lindsey on March 26, 1984. A peaceful, tranquil garden has been constructed in its place to honor the memory of child victims, as well as to create a space for families, friends and community members to heal and reflect on the lives lost too soon.
The design of the Forget-Me-Not Memorial Garden includes several elements that hold symbolic significance. The garden features a small walkway and seating area, surrounded by a garden filled with numerous plant varieties, designed to have a calming effect. Along the walking path are two handprints with the word “Mom” written beneath. The handprints belong to Cheri Lindsey’s mother and are a symbol of love and remembrance. The arched seat wall symbolizes the strength and support needed to endure the difficulty of losing a child. A butterfly was painted in the center as a symbol of transformation, hope, and new life, and its purple color represents innocence, youthfulness, spirituality, and tranquility. Dozens of forget me not flowers are planted throughout the garden to honor the cherished lives and keep their memory alive.
Dedicated November 2, 2022
Address: 6 1/2 Sturges Street Binghamton, NY 13901