Online exhibit memorializes city’s response to George Floyd murder

Online exhibit memorializes city’s response to George Floyd murder
The "Preserving Their Names" exhibition features donated objects from protests and vigils. (Photo/Alexandria Black History Museum)

By Olivia Anderson |

Though it remains closed, on Tuesday the Alexandria Black History Museum launched an online exhibition titled “Preserving Their Names,” exactly one year after George Floyd’s murder.

According to a news release, the exhibition photographs from the museum’s “Black Lives Remembered Collection” and documents ways in which the Alexandria community responded to Floyd’s murder last May.

The public response at vigils and marches is documented in the exhibition through donated objects, digital photographs, artwork, poetry and prose. It also includes the “intimate, personal” thoughts of the lives impacted by the event and other historic and future artifacts relating to racial terror, according to the release.

Community members may volunteer to take part in an oral history interview conducted by the Office of Historic Alexandria or submit comments and images of possible donations to the collection via the online collecting initiative form at

To learn more about the “Preserving Their Names” exhibition and the Alexandria Black History Museum, visit