The city of Minneapolis is set to erect a permanent memorial to George Floyd at the corner of 38th street and Chicago Avenue where he was killed.
The permanent monument will cost at least $50,000, the sum of a “planning grant” provided by the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP). The city’s memorial will take the place of a temporary memorial at the same site that was constructed by citizens and protected by officials, per WCCO, shortly after Floyd’s death.
An NTHP spokesperson told TMZ that the planning grant given to Minneapolis may lead to “other opportunities to invest in the preservation and protection of African American history in Minneapolis, including the murals commemorating the sacrifice of George Floyd.”
The decision to enshrine Floyd’s image came after Minneapolis held over 40 “listening sessions,” per a city official who spoke with TMZ about the matter. These sessions consisted of the local government hearing from citizens about how they believe Floyd should be remembered.
In addition to the $50,000 memorial, the same source reports that a street may be renamed in Floyd’s honor, or a plaque may be placed.
Other efforts to memorialize Floyd and promote the message of Black Lives Matter activists have also cropped up around the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. For example, Plymouth Avenue has been adorned with the words “Black Lives Matter,” however critics say that public displays like this one don’t do enough, per Politico.
Drone aerial views of new ‘Black Lives Matter’ mural painted on Plymouth Ave in Minneapolis. pic.twitter.com/3y1iqK1Qv9
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