George Floyd’s family gathers in Virginia to unveil hologram

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA (AP) — The family of George Floyd witnessed the unveiling of a hologram in Virginia on Tuesday night, where flickering lights came together to create an image of Floyd’s head and shoulders transposed over the Confederate General Robert E Lee statue.

The event in Richmond on historic Monument Avenue was the first public unveiling of the George Floyd Hologram Memorial Project. A press release said the project aims to “transform spaces that were formerly occupied by racist symbols of America’s dark Confederate past into a message of hope, solidarity and forward-thinking change”.

Floyd was a Black man who died after being pinned to the ground by a white police officer in Minneapolis in May, sparking protests across the country calling for criminal justice reform across the nation. The Richmond-Times Dispatch reported that the project’s week-long tour will take it to a number of cities in North Carolina and Georgia mirroring the route of the 1961 Freedom Rides.

An image of George Floyd is projected on a screen in front of the statue of Confederate General Robert E Lee on Monument Avenue, in Richmond, Virginia. PHOTO: AP