Minneapolis has become a city of altars in the wake of George Floyd’s death, which last week ignited a wave of demonstrations across the country in protest of police violence against African-Americans.
“We wanted to portray him in a positive light, not as a martyr but as a hero,” said Cadex Herrera, one of many artists across the Twin Cities who has lent their talents to paintings, poetry, and performances that memorialize Floyd. “We wanted to make sure that his name was remembered.”
But in the background of the mural he created with artists Greta McLain and Xena Goldman, there wasn’t even enough space to write all the names of black people who, like Floyd, had died in police custody. “That says something about America,” he told.