Savor Black Minnesota history: 12 notable landmarks

Photo by Jim Handrigan/MSR News While future plans for the George Floyd memorial at 38th & Chicago in South Minneapolis, aka George Floyd Square, is still in progress, the intersection continues to be a draw for people locally and across the globe.

George Floyd Square

George Floyd died on Memorial Day, May 25, 2020, under the knee of a former Minneapolis police officer. His last moments on Earth were captured on camera by bystanders and showed Floyd pleading for his life, and calling for his deceased mother, while he laid on the pavement handcuffed and on his stomach for more than eight agonizing minutes.

His death galvanized the nation and sparked nationwide and international movements for police reform and the end to systemic racism.

Since Floyd’s death, the intersection of 38th Street and Chicago Avenue in South Minneapolis, also known as George Floyd Square, has become a gathering space for community members to grieve, protest, organize and remember the life of Floyd.

In September of 2020, the Minneapolis City Council approved a proposal to have a commemorative street sign in Floyd’s honor. The future design of the intersection is still being hashed out but the area remains a gathering space that has drawn national and international media and mourners who travel to pay their respects.

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