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Clothesline Project Closing Ceremony

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Taking down this year's Clothesline Project at Augustana College

Tuesday at Augustana College, about 100 t-shirts on display were folded, and packed away for next year. Called the Clothesline Project, they're meant to help us remember victims of domestic violence.

Jane Simonsen, Professor of History and Gender Studies, says the Clothesline Project started in the 1980's as a way for survivors to speak out safely.

"The shirts represent people - sometimes people who are no longer there, sometimes people who have been killed by partner violence. These shirts kind of remind us of them and their lives - the bodies that filled those shirts."

She brought the Clothesline Project to campus in 2010 as a project for her students. Many of the shirts have names of victims, messages of support, and personal stories.

On the final day of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, about 70 students and staff collected the t-thirts, held hands, and observed a moment of silence.