The Pacifist Memorial was created as a community service project by the students and staff of The Life Experience School in 1994 as a result of the inspiration of President Kennedy’s quote regarding conscientious objection. Students and staff worked for over two years on the project and borrowed money against the equity of the Schoolhouse to create what has come to be known as America’s Memorial to Pacifism.
Bearing witness to humanity’s long-cherished pursuit of justice and peace through nonviolence and love, the Pacifist Memorial is located on the grounds of the Peace Memorial Park in Sherborn, Massachusetts. On October 2, 1994, the 125th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, The Pacifist Memorial was dedicated. These grounds, already hallowed by constant prayer, the lives of students and teachers, the footsteps of saints, sages and activists famous and humble, welcome you on your journey of peacemaking. Both in its component parts and collectively, the Memorial seeks to inspire those who come here with the spirit of those remarkable women and men it commemorates, a spirit of remembrance and vigilance, courage and transformation.
In the center of the Memorial stands a statue of Mahatma Gandhi, created by the Georgian-born, internationally recognized sculptor, Lado Goudjabidze. Gandhi was not only a central pacifist of our time; his life and philosophy inspired generations of nonviolent peacemakers, including Dr. King and President Mandella.
In the face of ethnic conflict and struggles for liberation, we remember Gandhi, who accomplished the freeing of a multi-ethnic, religiously diverse people through the power of love and nonviolence alone. Radiating out from the statue of Gandhi are six brick walls, on which are recorded the names of and quotations from over sixty pacifists. Some are well-recognized, others lesser known, but each contributed courageously to the path of peace, facing misunderstanding, hardship, and often death in its cause. A select committee examined a number of nominations before choosing the initial sixty; other names and quotations are added to the Memorial on an ongoing basis.
At the end of each of the six brick walls is a bronze plaque with one of the 12 prayers for peace of the major faith traditions of the world. Together they form the Peace Seeds Rosary, drawn from the prayers offered in Assisi, Italy in 1986 and entrusted to the students at the Life Experience School.
ANIMAL RIGHTS MEMORIAL: Burial site and bronze statue of Emily the Cow.