Orlando’s Pulse nightclub – the site where the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history took place on June 12th, 2016 – is set to become a memorial and museum. As NPR reports, owner Barbara Poma announced the plans on Thursday (May 4) stating that the site will serve to comfort the bereaved now and educate future generations about the importance of tolerance.
“This must and will be a healing initiative, one that I believe will inspire supporters who share our vision and understand the sacred responsibility to which we have been entrusted,” Poma said at a news conference outside of the now vacant club.
The owners have set up a non-profit fund, the onePULSE Foundation, to handle construction and maintenance of the memorial, as well a community grants to care for the survivors and victims’ families and endowed scholarships for each of the people killed.
Poma hopes to open the memorial in 2020. If you wish to donate to the onePulse Foundation and onePulse Memorial, please visit the official website here.