NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A six-foot-tall statue of George Floyd was unveiled in Brooklyn, New York during the Juneteenth holiday on Saturday.
The unveiling of the statue took place at Flatbush Junction at 8 a.m. Among those in attendance were Floyd’s brother, Terrance Floyd, rapper Papoose and city Council Member Farah Louis.
The statue by artist Chris Carnabuci will be displayed at Flatbush Junction for two to three weeks before it is moved to Union Square, officials said.
The unveiling of the statue came days after a 700-pound statue of Floyd was unveiled at Newark’s city hall.
Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer last May. His murder led to protests nationwide over racism and police brutality.
On Thursday, President Joe Biden signed a bill into law making Juneteenth, or June 19, a federal holiday. Events marking the day were scheduled for Saturday across the city, including at Brooklyn's Cadman Plaza Park.
Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas — two months after the Confederacy had surrendered. That was also about 2 1/2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in the Southern states.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.