ancient synagogue of Barcelona. The foundations of the tiny building date from the third or fourth century C.E. It served a longstanding Jewish community until 1391 when Christians responded to the Black Plague by burning as many Jews as they could find.
According to museum staff, the memory of the ancient Jewish community had disappeared from the city’s history until archeological investigations in the 1980s. In 2002, the building re-opened as a museum.
The museum board chose to display the memorial palm above and next to it, an honor roll. In the shadow of the atrocious failure of justice in my country in the Trayvon Martin killing, I was moved to see these familiar names: