The Penn Museum will host Hostile Terrain 94: A Global Pop-Up Exhibition about America’s

Humanitarian Crisis at the Southern Border, which draws attention to over 3,199 people 

who have died trying to migrate through the Sonoran Desert of Southern Arizona since 2000. On September 23-24, volunteers will gather at the Penn Museum from 10:00 am-5:00 pm to write names on the tags. The finished installation will be on display through Thursday, September 26 at 5:00 pm; and on Friday, September 27, the project will be de-installed. 

Led by anthropologist Jason De León, volunteers write the names of the deceased, along with their age, sex, cause of death, condition of their body, and location of their

recovery, on color-coded “toe tags.” The tags will be affixed to a large-scale map of the Arizona-Mexico border in the exact locations where the corresponding bodies were found, providing a visual representation of the lives lost. Viewing this installation is included with Penn Museum admission, and is free for volunteers who register online and show proof of registration.

Register at:


  • Starting Monday, September 23rd, 2019, repeats every day until Friday, September 27, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


Penn Museum

3260 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19104


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