NEWARK, N.J. (WPIX NEWS RELEASE) — The City of Newark paid tribute to George Floyd on Wednesday, unveiling a 700-pound bronze statue in his honor outside City Hall.
Mayor Ras Baraka, along with other dignitaries, were on hand for a ceremony where the artwork was presented.
“Hopefully it inspires those who walk by to be more active, take part in activism,” Baraka said.
The statue was commissioned by actor and filmmaker Leon Pickney and it was sculpted by artist Stanley Watts.
The artwork was donated to the city and will be on display for at least a year in collaboration with the Division of Arts and Cultural Affairs.
The artwork, according to organizers, is meant to celebrate Floyd’s life. Floyd, a Black man, died on May 25, 2020, after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly 10 minutes.
His death reignited discourse over police interactions with Black Americans and sparked nationwide protests calling for societal and criminal justice reforms.