George Floyd Permanent Tribute Discussed After Minneapolis Awarded Grant
George floydis about to be honored historically, and the city of Minneapolis has just secured funding to move the process forward.
The city recently received the Vision Trust from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, through its African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, to help preserve the memorials that have arisen for George since his death.
The fund was established in 2017 to preserve the sites and stories of black history, and clearly … Minneapolis has been an important place lately.
So in addition to preserving murals and other tributes already created for Floyd … we are told that the city is discussing plans to honor him permanently.
A City of Minneapolis official told TMZ … they have hosted more than 40 listening sessions, inviting community members and local officials to share their thoughts on how best to commemorate George.
We are told that the city specifically refers to 38th Street and Chicago Avenue – the place where Floyd took his last breath – as a place for a special tribute. A makeshift memorial appeared up there shortly after his death at the hands of the police.
So far … street names, commemorative plaques or statues and a community center are all being discussed as official means of honoring George with the new grant, but nothing is set in stone.
BTW, $ 1.6 million was awarded to 27 different sites and organizations by AACHAF … Minneapolis got $ 50,000.
The National Trust Brenda Jones tells us that the planning grant could potentially 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.”
As you know … Floyd was killed on May 25 when he was arrested for trying to smuggle counterfeit tickets. The four officers involved were arrested and criminally accused for the alleged murder.
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