Daily digest: A Sojourner Truth memorial is coming to Akron, controversy at Babyn Yar, and more

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Daily digest: A Sojourner Truth memorial is coming to Akron, controversy at Babyn Yar, and more

A rendering of a portion of the planned memorial at Babyn Yar. (Courtesy Baby Yar Holocaust Memorial Center)

Good afternoon and welcome back to another Friday news roundup to close out the week.

Here’s what you need to know for the weekend:

A Sojourner Truth memorial is coming to Akron

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, in partnership with the Summit Suffrage Centennial Committee and the United Way, and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, has unveiled plans to honor abolitionist and suffragist Sojourner Truth with a new memorial in Akron, Ohio. To honor Truth’s legacy, a statue will be installed at the site of her May 29, 1851, speech at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention.

Ukraine’s high-tech Holocaust memorial at Babyn Yar draws detractors

The contemporary, digital-heavy take at the Babyn Yar Holocaust memorial in Kyiv, Ukraine, is drawing criticism for its campaign to draw visitors to what will be a $100 million memorial site once completed in 2025 (including advertisements on Tinder). While the approach is reportedly working, some argue that it’s inappropriate for the site of one of World War II’s worst massacres. This isn’t the first time the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center has drawn controversy—earlier this year, plans to have visitors assigned roles that they would reenact via VR headsets (including “Nazi executioner”) were scrapped after widespread complaints.

H/t to the New York Times

This Hudson Valley town converted an unused prison into a cannabis campus

What does a town or city do once a prison shutters and the hulking building is left behind? In Warwick, a town north of New York in the Hudson Valley, the defunct Mid-Orange Correctional Facility has been converted into the center of a blossoming hub for cannabis production and companies looking for office space. The adaptive-reuse industrial park is currently expanding, bringing things full circle for a facility that most often housed those convicted of drug-related offenses.

H/t to Gothamist

Intel breaks ground on two massive semiconductor plants in Arizona

Speaking of expansions, Intel has broken ground on two new semiconductor factories in Chandler, Arizona, worth a combined $20 billion. The eye-watering investment will bring add another 670,000 square feet of manufacturing capacity to the extant Ocotillo campus once the fabs are online in 2024 and bring the number of factories there to six. The move comes amid an unprecedented worldwide semiconductor shortage squeezing the price and availability of everything from car parts to graphics cards caused by the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted supply chains around the world.

H/t to Construction Dive

An E-1027 exhibition in L.A. is inextricably intertwined with Eileen Gray’s life

Eileen Gray’s iconic E-1027 villa is open to the public again on the French Riviera after a lengthy restoration, but for those who can’t make the trip, a new show in Los Angeles celebrates both the groundbreaking modernist building and Gray herself. From now through February 27, 2022, Enter Slowly, The Legacy of an Idea, a multimedia exploration of the house and Gray’s legacy by Kim Schoenstadt (both real and twisted by history and jealous rivals) is on display at the Mullin Gallery at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena.

H/t to the Los Angeles Times