Thousands of Minnesotans gathered at George Floyd Square on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 – the first anniversary of Floyd’s murder – to celebrate his life.

Smells of barbecue, burning sage and spring flowers wafted through the square. Music played between spoken word poetry, speeches and shouts for justice. It had been a year since Floyd was killed by former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin, who was found guilty on all three counts last month.

Here are photos from the day of celebration.

All photos by Kyeland Jackson

A flag waves in front of bill boards for George Floyd at the intersection of 38th and Chicago
A flag waves in front of billboards for George Floyd at the intersection of 38th and Chicago.
Dancers pose in front of the George Floyd memorial after performing a dance at the square
Dancers pose in front of the George Floyd memorial after performing at the square.
Visitors walk through a memorial for people killed by police
Visitors walk through a memorial for people killed by police.
A quilt with Daunte Wright's name, and that of others, outside of the gravestone memorial near George Floyd Square
A quilt with Daunte Wright’s name, and that of others, outside of the gravestone memorial near George Floyd Square.
Visitors dance to "The Wobble" at George Floyd square. Music by Earth, Wind & Fire, Isaac Hayes, Eazy E and others could be heard blocks away
Visitors dance to “The Wobble” at George Floyd Square. Music by Earth, Wind & Fire, Al Green, Eazy E and others could be heard blocks away.
Chairs outside the cemetery near George Floyd Square
Chairs outside the cemetery near George Floyd Square.
People dance to music played by KMOJ radio at George Floyd Square
People dance to music played by KMOJ radio at George Floyd Square.
A band plays outside George Floyd Square
A band plays outside George Floyd Square.
A couple laugh and dance to a band playing at George Floyd Square
A couple laugh and dance to a band playing at George Floyd Square.
Minneapolis artist Peyton Scott Russell looks at graffiti art he's creating at George Floyd Square
Minneapolis artist Peyton Scott Russell looks at graffiti art he’s creating at George Floyd Square.
A cloud passes above 38th and Chicago on the anniversary of George Floyd's death
A cloud passes above 38th and Chicago on the first anniversary of George Floyd’s death.
A man plays on an electric keyboard at George Floyd Square
A man plays on an electric keyboard at George Floyd Square.
Flowers and plants grow on top makeshift graves for Daunte Wright, Breonna Taylor and others line the block leading up to 38th and Chicago
Flowers and plants grow on top makeshift graves for Daunte Wright, Breonna Taylor and others that line the block leading up to 38th and Chicago.
Dance instructor Tamiko French concentrates as she performs sound healing outside of George Floyd square
Dance instructor Tamiko French concentrates as she performs sound healing outside of George Floyd Square.
Tamiko French's mallets softly struck a steel-tongue drum, creating soothing sounds in a self-care area outside of George Floyd Square
Tamiko French’s mallets softly struck a steel-tongue drum, creating soothing sounds in a self-care area outside of George Floyd Square.
One man with a Prince shirt, necklace, hat and mask dances at George Floyd Square
One man with a Prince shirt, necklace, hat and mask dances at George Floyd Square.
One man with a Prince shirt, necklace, hat and mask dances at George Floyd Square
One man with a Prince shirt, necklace, hat and mask dances at George Floyd Square.
One man with a Prince shirt, necklace, hat and mask dances at George Floyd Square
One man with a Prince shirt, necklace, hat and mask dances at George Floyd Square.
Members of the Twin Cities Relief initiative cook cheese burgers and hot dogs
Members of the Twin Cities Relief initiative cook cheeseburgers and hot dogs.
Members of the Twin Cities Relief initiative cook cheese burgers and hot dogs outside of a speedway gas station at George Floyd Square. The gas station has been painted over, reading "People's Way."
Members of the Twin Cities Relief initiative cook cheeseburgers and hot dogs outside of a Speedway gas station at George Floyd Square. The gas station has been painted over, reading “People’s Way.”
George Floyd's face with the words "say his name" on shirts of Twin Cities Relief initiative members
George Floyd’s face with the words, “Say his name,” on shirts of Twin Cities Relief initiative members.
Members of George Floyd's family pose yards away from the Cup Foods where he died. A billboard with Floyd's face above them reads "remember".
Members of George Floyd’s family pose yards away from the Cup Foods where he died. A billboard with Floyd’s face above them reads “remember.”
Dozens of people gather under the Speedway gas station at George Floyd Square. The station is painted over, reading "Where there's people there's power"
Dozens of people gather under the Speedway gas station at George Floyd Square. The station is painted over, reading “Where there’s people there’s power.”
As the sun sets, people gather to look at the site where George Floyd died. A chalked outline of where he was choked to death has wings, and reads "I can't breathe" underneath.
As the sun sets, people gather to look at the site where George Floyd died. A chalked outline of where he was choked to death has wings, and reads “I can’t breathe” underneath.
Rapper Common and the musical group Sounds Of Blackness perform at George Floyd Square. Common thanked U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar, and encouraged people watching the performance
Rapper Common and the musical group Sounds Of Blackness perform at George Floyd Square. Common thanked U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar and encouraged people watching the performance
The musical group Sounds of Blackness perform at George Floyd Square
The musical group Sounds of Blackness perform at George Floyd Square.
Candlelights, shoes, and offerings were placed under a picture of Jamar Clark as the vigil began. A sign reads "we're in this together" underneath his photo
Candlelights, shoes, and offerings were placed under a picture of Jamar Clark as the vigil began. A sign reads, “We’re in this together” underneath his photo.
A man places a candlelights for the vigil commemorating George Floyd and others killed by police.
A man places a candle during the vigil commemorating George Floyd and others killed by police.
Candlelights placed near a teddy bear, flowers and a faded sign with George Floyd's name at a vigil commemorating Floyd's life
Candles placed near a teddy bear, flowers and a faded sign with George Floyd’s name at a vigil commemorating Floyd’s life.
Candlelights placed near flowers line the space around a chalked outline where George Floyd died
Candlelights placed near flowers line the space around a chalked outline where George Floyd died.
George Floyd and Daunte Wright's names were written on candles for the vigil commemorating their lives. The names of Breonna Taylor, Jamar Clark, Philando Castille and others could be found around the vigil.
George Floyd and Daunte Wright’s names were written on candles for the vigil commemorating their lives. The names of Breonna Taylor, Jamar Clark, Philando Castile and others could be found around the vigil.
A sign reading "rest in power" is surrounded by flowers, candlelights and offerings. The nonprofit George Floyd Global Memorial has collected thousands of similar offerings.
A sign reading “Rest In Power” is surrounded by flowers, candles and offerings. The nonprofit George Floyd Global Memorial has collected thousands of similar offerings.
People gather around the giant fist at 38th and Chicago as the day commemorating George Floyd's life begins to wind down.
People gather around the giant fist at 38th and Chicago as the day commemorating George Floyd’s life begins to wind down.
Hundreds of candlelights were scattered around the giant fist, commemorating Dolal Idd and others killed by police
Hundreds of candles were scattered around the giant fist, commemorating Dolal Idd and others killed by police.
A woman places a candlelight in front of a picture of Daunte Wright, who was killed by a Brooklyn Center police officer shortly before the trial of Derek Chauvin ended.
A woman places a candle in front of a picture of Daunte Wright, who was killed by a Brooklyn Center police officer shortly before the trial of Derek Chauvin ended.
Candlelights surround the chalked outline of where George Floyd died.
Candles surround the chalked outline of where George Floyd died.
People hug and support each other as they look at the memorial for George Floyd, outside the Cup Foods where he was murdered.
People hug and support each other as they look at the memorial for George Floyd, outside the Cup Foods where he was murdered.
As the night ends, people raise their fists in chants of solidarity at George Floyd Square.
As the night ends, people raise their fists in chants of solidarity at George Floyd Square.
Dozens of candlelights out at vigil near a picture of Philando Castille, who was killed by a Minnesota police officer in 2016
Dozens of candles surround a vigil near a picture of Philando Castile, who was killed by a Minnesota police officer in 2016.

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This story is part of the digital storytelling project Racism Unveiled, which is funded by grants from the Otto Bremer Trust and HealthPartners.

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