Woman helps preserve George Floyd plywood art murals

More than 800 boards are now kept at a northeast Minneapolis storage facility.

MINNEAPOLIS — Numerous boards sit inside a 1,000 foot area. “We are in the Northrup King Building in north Minneapolis and we’ve had this since the beginning of October,” states Leesa Kelly, with Conserve the Boards to Memorialize the Motion.

After George Floyd’s death and the demonstrations that followed, Kelly states, “I just was heartbroken and experiencing a lot of trauma and I needed to do something.”

Kelly wished to conserve the murals appearing on plywood boards published on companies throughout the Twin Cities, murals that caught the feelings of a neighborhood dealing with the hurt and discomfort of Floyd’s death. 

“That’s when the murals started to speak to me,” states Kelly. “It was such a psychological action when I would drive previous them on the structure and I simply questioned what would take place once they were removed.”

Rather of simply going by, Kelly walked around from organization to organization requesting for consent to protect the boards.

Over 800 are now kept in the Northrup King structure. “Look around this room and you see the boards. You get this complete story and history of what happened,” states Kelly.

While Kelly states this is a continuous job, she sees it as a labor of love that will protect this minute in history for many years to come. 

“We hope that carrying individuals back to the summer season of 2020 and keeping in mind the uprising, we can start to develop understanding so we do not see anything like that taking place once again,” states Kelly.

If you wish to add to Conserve the Boards To Memorialize The Motion, you visit their GoFundMe. 


Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.