Black Power at 38th and Chicago
3800 Chicago Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407
A monument taking the shape of a brown raised fist rises out of the intersection of 38th and Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis. The clenched fist has been understood as a universal symbol of solidarity and support for over a century. The Black Power fist is one of the most iconic and easily recognizable iterations of this motif. Between its fingers, the fist clenches a red, black, and green striped Pan-African flag. A single left-handprint in black paint is visible on the wrist of the monument. Around the base of the monument, cement bricks create a perimeter to protect the memorial constructed to George Floyd, composed of cut flowers, potted plants, stuffed animals, and signage. The most visible sign reads simply: "Don't Shoot!"
The location in which George Floyd was murdered by the Minneapolis Police Department has since been transformed into a memorial. The zone, regarded as "George Floyd Square," is filled with memorial tributes to Floyd. Residents from the neighborhood maintain that the streets remain barricaded off in order to protect the area from traffic.
Photography by Evy Envgrav
Urban Art Mapping Research Project