Workers with the city of Minneapolis showed up at George Floyd Square — located at 38th Street and Chicago Avenue — and began clearing barricades Thursday morning. The intersection had been shut down for more than a year following Floyd's death outside Cup Foods while in the custody of Minneapolis police on Memorial Day 2020.
"The City is preserving the Fist sculpture roundabout there," Sarah McKenzie, a spokesperson for Minneapolis, told Patch in an email.
Then, not long after a Minneapolis public works team cleared the barricades from George Floyd Square, activists have been putting up new temporary barriers to block traffic at the intersection.
The early-morning operation to reopen the square and create a roundabout around the fist sculpture in the middle of 38th and Chicago has been condemned by those who for the past 12 months have used the space as a place to honor Floyd and demand change.