Memorial Underway for Cocoanut Grove Nightclub Victims

Nov. 28, 2023
The deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history occurred 81 years ago today.

A memorial is being built to recognize the 492 people killed in the Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire.

On Nov. 28, 1942, six of the club's nine doors were locked which prevented patrons from escaping. It remains the deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history.

The memorial will be located in Statler Park, one block from where the nightclub stood, WCVB reported.

“Now, with this memorial, all the people who lost their lives and those who survived and all of their loved ones will have a place not to avoid, but rather a place to remember and reflect,” Lesley Kaufman, whose mother is one of the two remaining survivors of the fire, told a Boston reporter. 

The memorial also will honor firefighters and EMS crews who responded to the blaze.