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Locals reflect on needed changes at new Milwaukee George Floyd memorial mural

Posted at 5:33 PM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 22:26:05-04

As artists worked on some of the finishing touches at the George Floyd memorial mural located at the corner of North Ave. and Holton St. Friday, people stood in awe taking in the scene.

"This is beautiful," said Bobby Coleman.

Some locals, like Beth Reed, brought flowers to the memorial site. She said Floyd's death has opened up her eyes and she is now doing what she can to be a part of the change.

"I have never felt the racism that so many people feel when they walk out the door every morning and walk down the street. I am not able to give that privilege back and I’m not able to deny it and I want to do what I can to show I still support them and understand they experienced something that I understand, that they experienced something I hope to never understand," said Reed.

For Rodney Dawson, Floyd's story hits too close to home. His friend Jay Anderson Jr. was shot and killed by police in 2016.

Rodney brought his family, including his two small sons, to the mural. As the children asked their father why Floyd was killed, Rodney didn't have the answers.

"We shouldn’t get judged by the color of our skin because we bleed the same color. I just hope everyone can unite as one and we can stand together," said Rodney.

The artists are working on including Breonna Taylor in the mural. She was shot and killed by police in Louisville in March.

Rodney hopes the change our city and county needs come sooner rather than later.

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