About 29 orange pinwheels are planted on the Boone County Courthouse lawn. Each represents a person who has died as a result of domestic violence in Indiana since 2014, explained Joanna Shoemaker with the Zonta Club of Lebanon, USA, District 6.
Shoemaker said this display is part of the larger 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence campaign that is being celebrated by Zonta clubs internationally. The 16-day period started Nov. 25 and will end on Dec. 10.
The campaign is aimed to get the average person to realize how many people domestic violence touches. By showing the deaths involved, people can see the most extreme outcome.
“It is jarring to see it, and you realize that this is happening right here in your community,” said Christine Sterle, the club’s vice president.