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Portion Of National Mall Becomes Mass Grave This Weekend

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Those aren't real bones, but they are there to make a point.
One Million Bones
Those aren't real bones, but they are there to make a point.

If you are out on the National Mall this weekend, you might notice that parts of it are covered by hundreds of thousands of bones.

Starting Saturday morning, large sections of the National Mall between Third and Seventh Streets will be filled with handmade reproductions of human bones—a million in total—symbolizing a mass grave. While the bones aren't real, the installation's message is.

One Million Bones founder and director Naomi Natale says the public art project will serve as a visible petition against genocide and mass atrocities that occur in Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burma and Somalia.

"The bones are used as a symbol, certainly to attest to the gravity of these issues, but more significantly it s a symbol to remind us of our common humanity and that we belong to each other," she says.

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