Malice Green Mural Planned In Wake Of George Floyd Death

He'll hold a scroll with 100 black people also killed

WWJ News
June 03, 2020 - 8:59 am
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(WWJ) As protesters take to the street across the country to protest the death of George Floyd at police hands, metro Detroit is marking the sad tale of black lives unnecessarily lost to violence with another reminder.

A new mural will show Malice Green holding a scroll featuring the names of African Americans who were killed by police or vigilantes over the past 40 years, WWJ Newsradio 950’s Rob St. Mary reports.

Green, as Detroiters remember, died in 1992 after a beating by Detroit police officers that sent two cops to prison. Green was unarmed when he was beaten to death by flashlight-wielding white officers. 

After the killing of George Floyd, Detroit artist Sydney James came up with the design.

Notably, there are a lot of names... up to 100, and James is still getting them from the public. "I know it's by far more than that. People are still sending me names because a lot of times these stories don't even make the news. So some people have been messaging me or emailing me and saying 'Hey, can you add my father's name, can you add my uncle's name, can you add my brother's name,' because a lot of time we don't know."

James has raised over $18,000 for the project online just since Monday. "I made my goal in two-and-a-half hours, it was crazy," she said.

She says extra funds not needed for the mural will be repurposed to help with bail for protestors in Detroit.

The new mural should be completed later this month, by June 19th, known as Juneteenth or Freedom Day, the day the final enslaved people in America were finally freed.