How to “Rise & Remember” George Floyd, One Year Later

George Floyd Global Memorial to host event at 38th and Chicago on anniversary of his death
George Floyd Mural at 38th and Chicago in south Minneapolis, photographed in 2020

Photo by Joseph Caffrey/Flickr

On the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death, there will be a “Rise & Remember” event at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue in south Minneapolis. The event is hosted by the George Floyd Global Memorial, which was established by members of George Floyd’s family and the local community to preserve more than 2,500 works created in reaction to his death.

“Everywhere you look, people have created something that reflects the current moment, the actual spot where George was murdered,” said mural artist Peyton Scott Russell in a press release. “There’s flowers with notes and trinkets and things that just reflect people’s offerings. Everyone in Minneapolis processed George Floyd’s death differently.” 

The day-long celebration at George Floyd Square will begin on Tuesday, May 25, at 1 p.m. with community art pieces, activities for children, and open mic sessions. At 6 p.m., there will be a performance by vocal and instrumental ensemble Sounds of Blackness as well as DJ Sophia Eris. At the conclusion of the event, a candlelit vigil will be held in honor of Floyd at 8 p.m.

“On the anniversary of his death, we will celebrate the impact of his life on our family, friends, the community and our society,” said Floyd’s aunt Angela Harrelson, who established the George Floyd Global Memorial with her cousin Paris Stevens, and George Floyd Square lead caretaker Jeanelle Austin.

To learn more, read Minnesota Monthly‘s recent feature: At a Crossroads: The Evolution of George Floyd Square

The George Floyd Memorial Foundation also has events planned. A peaceful rally will be held in downtown Minneapolis on May 23, a Virtual Day of Action is set for May 24, and a celebration of life will be held on May 25 in Commons Park.

Support the George Floyd Global Memorial here, and learn more at GeorgeFloydGlobalMemorial.org

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