Community events look to remember George Floyd's death three years later

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Thursday marks three years since George Floyd was killed while in the custody of Minneapolis police outside Cup Foods at the corner of 38th and Chicago.

Since Floyd's death, 38th and Chicago has transformed into George Floyd Square drawing people from all over the world who want to honor and remember Floyd.

WCCO Radio's Susie Jones spoke with some of the community members who live near the site, including Billie who considers himself a caretaker of the "Say my Name" cemetery honoring those killed by police throughout the United States.

"We have people coming from all over the world day and night," Billie said. "They park in front of my house. I love seeing that. I don't want to ever see that end. It already feels like when you leave the neighborhood or the city that it's forgotten."

The George Floyd Global Memorial has several events planned starting Thursday and into the weekend.

The third annual Rise and Remember event begins Thursday at George Floyd Square and various locations. It includes a candle light vigil from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m.

"I got involved because I don't want to forget," said Sam, who views George Floyd Square as a sacred place. "I don't want anyone to forget."

A Rise and Remember Conference is taking place Thursday and Friday at the Best Buy headquarters in Richfield. The conference will cover a range of topics including cultural preservation, racial healing, policy reform, and building power through large organizations and coalitions.

More information regarding events remembering and celebrating George Floyd can be found here.

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