700-pound bronze statue of George Floyd unveiled in New Jersey

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NEWARK, N.J. (NBC) – A new statue of George Floyd is now on display outside Newark’s city hall building.

The 700 pound bronze statue was unveiled Wednesday afternoon by Newark’s mayor, Ras Baraka.

Actor and filmmaker Leon Pickney who commissioned the statue and the artist Stanley Watts were also in attendance for the event.

George Floyd’s murder at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota last year fueled a global movement for racial justice.

The statue will remain outside city hall for at least one year.

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