LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Sat., Nov. 7 marked 164 days of protests in Louisville demanding justice for Breonna Taylor.
With colder weather setting in, part of her memorial that had been at Jefferson Square Park, which has become the hub for the 2020 movement in Louisville, is now at Roots 101 African American Museum. Some items memorializing David McAtee and Tyler Gerth are also at the museum now.
“Roots 101 is deeply moved to have the opportunity and the responsibility to tell the story of Breonna Taylor,” Roots 101 founder and CEO Lamont Collins said.
Collins said he will work with Taylor’s mom, Tamika Palmer, to curate what her daughter’s memorial exhibit will look like. Palmer said, just because part of her daughter’s memorial will be preserved, doesn’t mean the movement for her will stop.
“We still fighting. It’s not over. We still got a long ways to go so we’re in the beginning stages of just trying to get justice still and that’s been the main goal and to not lose focus with that,” Palmer said.
Palmer, her daughter Juniyah Palmer, and other family members marched alongside protesters who helped move parts of the memorial from Jefferson Square Park Saturday to the museum.
David McAtee's brother, Jamie McAtee, was also there for the event. You'll recall McAtee was fatally shot by a National Guard member on June 1 when police tried to break-up people gathered at the West Louisville barbecue restaurant past curfew.
“It’s something that I love the fact of. It keeps it safe and also away from anyone that might want to do anything to it, the weather, it’s a great thing,” McAtee said about his brother’s memorial being preserved at Roots 101.
Tiffany Hensley lost her brother, Tyler Gerth, on June 27 when the 27-year-old, who protested by photographing the movement, was fatally shot after a man opened fire on protesters in Jefferson Square Park.
Hensley said she felt overwhelmed with emotion Saturday.
“Just to feel his presence was huge, but I really enjoyed being able to be a part of it and being able to be next to Breonna’s family and David‘s family, it was truly a blessing,” Hensley said.
Taylor’s memorial is still at Jefferson Square Park, as only some parts of her memorial were moved. Rosie Henderson, who is one of the memorial’s caretakers, told Spectrum News 1 that the memorial will remain at the park because it’s a movement. She said a purple Christmas tree will be purchased and placed in the center for the holiday.
The Roots 101 African-American Museum was originally scheduled to open earlier this year but has not done so due to challenges brought on by the pandemic. The museum is still raising funds, in hopes of opening to the public later this year. For now, it is offering private tours. When it opens, Collins said the goal is to create exhibits for each of those memorials transported to Roots 101 Saturday.