Community Resilience

Keaton Otis Memorial

We remember and seek justice for Keaton Otis, a young Black man murdered by Portland police May 12, 2010.

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Since 2019, Lloyd EcoDistrict has been working with the Black-led Justice for Keaton Otis collective to memorialize the life of Keaton Otis, who was fatally shot by police in Lloyd in 2010.

We’ve been working with the Justice for Keaton Otis collective to create a permanent memorial at NE 6th and NE Halsey. Over 2020 and 2021, we partnered with the collective to organize visioning sessions that gathered Keaton’s loved ones, several Portland-based Black artists, and community members impacted by police violence to develop a plan for a memorial and gathering space in Lloyd. In September 2022, Justice for Keaton Otis debuted the first phase of the memorial with components inspired by kintsugi, the Japanese art of mending broken pottery by filling the cracks with gold.

Over 2023 and 2024 Justice for Keaton Otis and Lloyd EcoDistrict have been working to complete and install the next component of the memorial – a street parklet with seating, flowers, a free library, and additional art. Our team is currently working with students at Benson High School (where Keaton went to school) to construct the parklet and the design in 20424.

The monthly vigil for Keaton Otis is held on the 12th of every month at NE Halsey and NE 6th, 6:00-7:00 PM.

vigil poster with Keaton's photo and information

For updated information on monthly vigils, please visit the Justice for Keaton Otis Facebook page.