Council Approves Mural Honoring George Floyd

Council Approves Mural Honoring George Floyd

George Floyd died in late May when a Minneapolis Police officer knelt on the back of his neck for over eight minutes.

Floyd’s death sparked a national movement calling for equality and justice for the Black community.

Mahalia Jones is George Floyd’s aunt.

She is a Goldsboro native and she currently lives in Kinston.

Jones appeared at last week’s Goldsboro City Council meeting and had a request for the city.

Jones asked that a mural of her nephew be painted on the side of the T.C. Coley Community Center.

She would also like a local monument and bench to honor her nephew, George.

Over 1,000 signatures supporting the memorials were presented to the council.

Larry Herring is the local artist that would paint the mural, and he says he hopes it would be educational and inspire youth in the community to look at careers in law enforcement or in the courts.

Councilman Antonio Williams says he thinks the mural on the T.C. Coley building would help beautify the area and draw visitors to the facility.

The Goldsboro City Council unanimously approved the painting of the George Floyd mural on the T.C. Coley Center.

Floyd was born in Fayetteville, NC, and his family has many ties in North Carolina.

Since his death, murals depicting Floyd have been painted in communities in the U.S. and around the world.

Mahalia Jones stands with demonstrators in front of Goldsboro City Hall in June.