Twin Cities street art honors George Floyd and Black life

Twin Cities murals honoring George Floyd
A building's exterior reads, "Black lives matter / Rest in power, George Floyd. With love, MPLS." The door is adorned with strips of color (l-r: red, orange, yellow, green, light blue, dark blue, brown, black). To the right of the door, names such as "Eric Garner," "Ahmaud Arbery," "Philando Castile," and "Sandra Bland" are written in white amid a squiggly black line. (Pierre Ware for MPR)

It's been a few weeks since a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd, but traces of the ensuing uprising are still visible around the Twin Cities, particularly in the Powderhorn, Uptown, and Midway neighborhoods. After many business owners boarded up their storefronts, several artists treated these boards as a canvas; their work is astounding, and it's directly tied to graffiti writing, which is one of the four elements of hip-hop.

Photographers Awa Mally and Pierre Ware gathered more than 20 pictures of this Twin Cities art, presenting poignant quotes; images of world-changers like Maya Angelou and George Floyd; and the names of too many Black people, including several trans women, who have lost their lives to white supremacy.

If you created any of this art, please reach us at cjohnson AT mpr DOT org so we can provide credit.

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22 Photos

  • Twin Cities murals honoring George Floyd
    The exterior of Moon Palace Books, just down the block from the former 3rd Precinct building at Lake & Minnehaha in Minneapolis, reads, "Abolish the police / Justice / BLM / Love." (Awa Mally for MPR)
  • Twin Cities murals honoring George Floyd
    Art featuring George Floyd's likeness (Awa Mally for MPR)
  • Twin Cities murals honoring George Floyd
    A painting reads, "In order to rise from its own ashes, a phoenix must first burn." Below the words, a phoenix shimmies out of flames, its wings spread wide, against a black backdrop. The artwork is signed by #CreativesAfterCurfew and dated June 1, 2020. (Awa Mally for MPR)
  • Twin Cities murals honoring George Floyd
    Artwork outside a Spectacle Shoppe reads, "I am NO LONGER accepting the things I cannot change. I am CHANGING the things I cannot accept. - Angela Davis." Below the quote, flowerpots with faces grow flowers. To their left, a painted Black boy wearing a "No Justice No Peace" shirt raises his fist. A banner reads, "Black Lives Matter." (Pierre Ware for MPR)
  • Twin Cities murals honoring George Floyd
    A plywood mural reading, "Hope / What do you hope for / iCuales son tus esperanzas?" The "o" in "hope" is shaped like a heart, and an arrow points toward it, accompanied by the words, "Please, add your thoughts." It's signed by @eror.lab (Awa Mally for MPR)
  • Twin Cities murals honoring George Floyd
    A mural outside the Uptown Theatre in Minneapolis, reading, "Do the Right Thing / Love MPLS / Justice for George Floyd," and signed by Adam Turman (Pierre Ware for MPR)
  • Twin Cities murals honoring George Floyd
    A black-and-gray piece of art features approximately 20 faces (Awa Mally for MPR)
  • Twin Cities murals honoring George Floyd
    Bubble letters reading, "Our unity is our strength" (Awa Mally for MPR)
  • Twin Cities murals honoring George Floyd
    Many small messages line the bottom half of an exterior wall. (Pierre Ware for MPR)
  • Twin Cities murals honoring George Floyd
    A mural featuring Maya Angelou's likeness and her words: "You may write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lies. You may trod me in the very dirt. But still, like dust, I'll rise." (Awa Mally for MPR)
  • Twin Cities murals honoring George Floyd
    A Hennepin Avenue S. mural by students from PiM Arts High School. It features images of Eric Garner, Breonna Taylor, Tamir Rice, Philando Castile, and George Floyd alongside the words, "I am not a threat." (Pierre Ware for MPR)
  • Twin Cities murals honoring George Floyd
    Painted art featuring mosaic-style color tiles that resemble an eye, alongside the words, "We weep with you" (Awa Mally for MPR)
  • Twin Cities murals honoring George Floyd
    A sign on a door reads, "By reading this you agree to fight white supremacy." (Pierre Ware for MPR)
  • Twin Cities murals honoring George Floyd
    A red, blue, and orange-yellow mural honoring George Floyd (Awa Mally for MPR)
  • Twin Cities murals honoring George Floyd
    An artist stands on a stepladder and reaches up to paint a mural. (Pierre Ware for MPR)
  • Twin Cities murals honoring George Floyd
    A mural on Hennepin Avenue South. It features the likeness of George Floyd and the words, "Know Justice Know Peace / No Justice No Peace." (Pierre Ware for MPR)
  • Twin Cities murals honoring George Floyd
    A mural reads, "How are you unlearning your whiteness?" (Awa Mally for MPR)
  • Twin Cities murals honoring George Floyd
    "Say her name," demands this mural and its 18 names: Aiyana Jones, Nina Pop, Monika Diamond, Dana Martin, Claire Legato, Ashanti Carmon, Jazzaline Ware, Cynthia Wesley, Addie Mae Collins, Carol Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Breonna Taylor, Pamela Turner, Sandra Bland, Korryn Gaines, Shantel Davis, Deborah Danner, and Atatiana Jefferson. (Awa Mally for MPR)
  • Twin Cities murals honoring George Floyd
    A pink, blue, and gold mural reading, "George" in honor of George Floyd (Awa Mally for MPR)
  • Twin Cities murals honoring George Floyd
    A mural outside the Granada Theater on Hennepin Avenue South. It features the letters "BLM" in pink, surrounded by flowers. (Pierre Ware for MPR)
  • Twin Cities murals honoring George Floyd
    Art reading, "George Floyd RIP" (Awa Mally for MPR)
  • Twin Cities murals honoring George Floyd
    A Mexican flag flies above a massive painting of George Floyd. On the street, hundreds of bouquets face the painting, joined by stuffed animals and smaller, framed art. (Pierre Ware for MPR)