Remember the Market Street collapse victims in Philadelphia: Fund a Memorial Park at 22nd and Market
  • Petitioning Mayor Michael Nutter

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Mayor of Philadelphia
Mayor Michael Nutter
President of City Council
Darrell Clarke
Salvation Army

Remember the Market Street collapse victims in Philadelphia: Fund a Memorial Park at 22nd and Market

    1. Nancy Winkler
    2. Petition by

      Nancy Winkler

      Philadelphia, PA

On June 5, 2013, a building collapse into the Salvation Army Thrift Store on 22nd and Market Street in Center City Philadelphia killed my precious 24-year-old daughter Anne and five others, and critically injured another. Anne was there for the first time, making a clothing donation.

We cannot allow such a preventable catastrophe to ever be forgotten or to happen again in our city, or anywhere. This tragedy was caused by the failure of the owner of the property under demolition, STB Investments, to hire competent demolition contractors, in an effort to save money, and by the decision of the Salvation Army to remain open despite knowledge of the risk of collapse.  It is clear based upon the e-mails that are publically available that STB Investments proceeded with demolition which it knew was dangerous to “life and limb” and presented the foreseeable risk of an “uncontrolled collapse”. STB Investments and the Salvation Army knew that continuing demolition could kill people and make headlines.  STB put lives at stake because of monetary decisions to protect their investments rather than the six lost victims of this deadly collapse. The Salvation Army Store should have been closed. We need better public safety protection in Philadelphia.

A memorial park on the site of the collapsed Salvation Army store would honor the memory of the dead and injured as well as provide an oasis in the center of a dense business district. This memorial park would be a fitting way to acknowledge the loss, to assure that it will never be forgotten and to remind the citizens of Philadelphia of the need for effective governmental oversight of building demolitions to protect public safety. An appropriate park and memorial can provide healing for the many people touched by this horrific, entirely avoidable event.

Those who died in the building collapse include my daughter, Anne Bryan, 24; Mary Simpson, 24; Kimberly Finnegan, 35; Roseline Conteh, 52; Borbor Davis, 68 and Juanita Harmon, 75. Mariya Plekan, 52, is severely injured, and she remains in the hospital today. Please sign and share this petition, and let the Salvation Army, leaders in Philadelphia, and the community at large  know that you support a memorial on the site of this catastrophic building collapse."

Photo Mary Simpson (left) and Anne Bryan (right) Dec 30, 2012

Recent signatures


    1. Land Donated for the Memorial Park

      Nancy Winkler
      Petition Organizer

      I have wonderful news and heartfelt thanks to the more than 6,200 people from throughout Philadelphia. and around the world that believed that anything is possible and signed this petition. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announced today that he has a firm commitment from the Salvation Army to donate to the City its property - the site of a former Salvation Army Thrift Store - where my daughter Anne Bryan and five others were killed last June.

      We commend and thank the Mayor and the Salvation Army for doing the right thing. The all-volunteer 22nd and Market Memorial Committee has been working to design and fundraise for the park.

      We now need to raise $250,000, no donation is too small. Please donate what you can by going to

      We are humbled and grateful for your support and compassion.

    2. Come to the Community Prayer Service December 4

      Nancy Winkler
      Petition Organizer

      This is a reminder to come to the Community Prayer Service for the victims of the Market and 22nd St Collapse. The service is at 5:30 on Wednesday December 4 at the First Presbyterian Church, 201 S 21st St. (Corner of 21st and Walnut St)

    3. Community Prayer Service Scheduled for December 4

      Nancy Winkler
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for supporting the call for a Memorial and Park to remember the Salvation Army Thrift Store Collapse victims. Please attend a Community Prayer Service to commemorate the six month anniversary of the collapse. The ecumenical prayer service will be held on December 4, 2013 at at 5:30 at the First Presbyterian Church at 201 South 21st St., Philadelphia

      Find out more about the prayer service on Facebook at:

    4. Reached 6,000 signatures
    5. Over 1,000 Signatures in less than 7 Days

      Nancy Winkler
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you all for helping to get 1,000 signatures for the petition in less than 7 days. The purpose of the petition is to demonstrate broad support for a park and memorial on the site of the Salvation Army building collapse at 22nd and Market. We want to reach out to City planners, neighbors, and developers to let them know a park and memorial are needed on this site given the horrific catastrophe that occurred on June 5, killing six good people. Many more signatures are needed. The petition is part of a public dialogue about the future use of the site. Please keep gathering signatures. Thank you. 9-2-13

    6. Reached 1,000 signatures
    7. Help us get to 1,000 Signatures in Week 1

      Nancy Winkler
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Philly Collapse Memorial Petition supporters:

      Thank you for helping to launch the campaign this week. We need to get nearly 100 signatures before 11:00 Saturday morning August 31 in order to get 1,000 signatures in the first week. I think we can do it with your help. Here are three simple things you can do in the next day and a half that collectively will get us there: (1) Ask your spouse/partner/friend/neighbor/co-worker to sign. (2) Post a request on Facebook by clicking the link on the petition page and (3) send out some emails to your contacts asking them for support.

      This is a worthy cause. A park and memorial will honor the dead and by acknowleging the depth of this disaster, help those touched by this trajedy to heal. A well designed park will serve as a visible reminder to Philadelphia leaders of the need to honor human life above development. It is fitting and appropriate. It is simply the right thing to do. NEVER AGAIN


      Nancy Winkler, 8-29-13

    8. Reached 750 signatures
    9. Please ask friends to sign the petition

      Nancy Winkler
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you for your support of the Memorial Park at the site of the 22nd and Market collapse. Good news! In the first 24 hours we got over 230 signatures. We need thousands of signatures to make this a reality. If each of you can get ten or twenty people to sign and post a link on your Facebook page that would be a huge help. Those of you who knew Anne know that she would approve and somewhere she's rooting for us to get this done!

      We have spoken with Mary Simpson's family; they support the petition. In the next few weeks we will be reaching out to the families of the other victims to get their support.

      Many of you have written thoughtful touching comments about the victims and the need to ensure this NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN. I urge you all to read the comments and "like" the ones you think should go to the top for new visitors to the site to read.

      I am committed to press for this Memorial in the months ahead. Your support is touching. Thank you.

    10. Reached 200 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Janice Perez NARBERTH, PA
      • about 1 month ago

      To never forget Anne and the other innocent people who were

      killed. I pray God give peace and comfort to all who loved them.

    • Chris Kretschman GLENSIDE, PA
      • 3 months ago

      I walk by there every day and should have complained about the demolition. i'm sorry I didn't.

      • 3 months ago

      A physical reminder of this event will help motivate legal and procedural changes to prevent another.

    • Timothy Firestine DARNESTOWN, MD
      • 3 months ago

      We need to honor these innocent victims and make sure that we remember what happened here so it doesn't ever happen again.

    • Carl Gainsborough HADDONFIELD, NJ
      • 4 months ago

      The 22nd & Market Street collapse is a disgrace. Any construction on the site that is not a park and memorial would be a second and equal disgrace. The 22nd & Market Street collapse is domestic terrorism, except it's not foreign extremists, it's instead greedy business people.


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