Memorial T-Shirts Create a Little Justice, a Tiny Peace

On the South Side of Chicago and around the U.S., memorial T-shirts are a way to remember, to celebrate — and to indict.

CHICAGO — Quentin Harris lives in the Englewood neighborhood here, and each year he commissions designs by Big City Fashions as an instrumental part of the unending process of grieving his brother, Julian. When Julian was shot and killed, Mr. Harris was in prison, unable to attend the funeral. Now he wears a memorial shirt, a new one each year, for an annual celebration held in his brother’s honor.This year, weather permitting, there would be a barbecue.Mr. Harris worries that his nephew, who...