On May 25, 2020, George Floyd was killed at the hands of a white police officer on suspicion of possessing a counterfeit $20 bill. Video rolled as Floyd lay handcuffed with his hands behind his back and face down on a Minneapolis street, repeatedly gasping “I can’t breathe” and calling out to his mom and children. Those would be his last words.
The nearly 9-minute-long video of Floyd's last moments went viral reignited the Black Lives Matter movement. But Floyd was much more than a martyr for the cause. Floyd was a father, Floyd was a Christian and Floyd was a caretaker to his mother before her death.
A part of Inside Edition Digital's The Issue, the following photographs is a series of moments captured at his memorial on Chicago Ave and 38th Street in Minneapolis, where locals continue to gather in his loving memory.
"They're Going to Kill Me"
A sketch of George Floyd with the words “They’re going to kill me” written above it appears in front of dozens of bouquets of flowers, as a peaceful crowd sings songs, plays guitars and holds up signs.
George Floyd and the Others Remembered
A street art display featuring a drawing of George Floyd with his name featured prominently. The names of other Black Americans who died in connection to police violence are also featured on the mural.
Chicago Ave and 38th Street
Flowers, candles and signs with protest slogans have piled up in the intersection of Chicago Ave and 38th St in Minneapolis.
A sign that reads "Rest in Power, George Floyd. Your life mattered!" stands out among dozens of bouquets of flowers.
Artistry as a Form of Protest
An acrostic poem, using "FLOYD" as the main word, is painted on the street.
"They Killed George Floyd"
Locals gather around a wall that has been graffitied with phrases like "white silence is violence," "they killed George Floyd," "no KKK," and "f**** 12."
"I Can't Breathe," From 2014 to Today
A sign that reads “2014 I can’t breathe, 2020 I can’t breathe. People are angry because waiting patiently for 6 yrs DID NOT WORK. Stop promising change. #MAKECHANGE, #PATIENCEDIDNOTWORK” is leaned against a brick wall among dozens of bouquets of flowers.
Cup Foods Memorial
Flowers, signs, candles and photos are placed around the spot in front of Cup Foods where George Floyd took his last breaths. The owners have since come out and said Floyd was a regular, and the clerk working that day was inexperienced.
Cup Foods and George Floyd Street Art
A large portrait of George Floyd is placed next to Cup Foods, the convenience store in which George Floyd presented the bill that might have been counterfeit. The owners have since come out and said Floyd was a regular, and the clerk working that day was inexperienced.
Gas Station's Solidarity
A Speedway gas station's marquee declares the space "George Floyd Square."
Individual flowers are lined up on the street along the memorial.
Art in the Wake of Closures
A boarded up restaurant is decorated with street art reading "RIP George Floyd" and "all lives don't matter until Black lives do."
Street Art of George Floyd
A sketch of George Floyd appears on street art along with the words "DEMAND JUSTICE."
Volunteers in a Supply Tent
A volunteer-run supply tent is set up for locals to take what they need.
A Community Supporting Itself
A client has his hair trimmed by a volunteer in a tent with a sign that reads, "FREE HAIRCUT."
A sculpture in the shape of a raised fist can be seen at the memorial. The symbol is often used by marginalized groups in the face of injustice and has often been seen used in the Black Lives Matter protests.
George Floyd's Cross
A cross with a halo on top features George Floyd’s name, along with the words, “rest in power.”
A mannequin wears a t-shirt with the words "get your knee off my neck."
Waiting for Change
People wait by a bus stop with a poster of a Black man wearing a mask. On the mask, the words "we can't breathe" are written across.
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