You Can’t Burn Us Down: Michael Brown Memorial Rebuilt After Set Ablaze

September 24, 2014  |  

On yesterday, September 23, news broke that the memorial for Michael Brown the 18-year-old African American teen shot and killed by a White police officer just last month was burned to the ground.  The heart-aching video shows the flames rising as the cries of the recorder are heard in the background. There is high suspicion that this was no accident, but the doing of  further saddened injustice.



However, since the flames, the people of Ferguson have rebuilt the memorial full of teddy bears, notes and more. The people of Ferguson as we have seen are a resilient community that will not let a few flames hinder their press for change.

Since the Brown shooting the hearing has begun and community meetings continue, however non-Ferguson residents and media have been blocked out of said meetings. And while police are asking everyone not to rush to suspicions around the fire. It is extremely hard not to. The investigation notes that there were candles at the memorial. But, there has been candles at the memorial and  no “accidents”  until now. It is actually hard to think this was anything but foul play.  It is also hard to trust anything that the police of Ferguson puts out since they have mishandled the Mike Brown shooting since day one.

The memorial destroyed was one of two memorials built for the slain teen. The first memorial which is still intact lays in the very spot Brown was murdered and the second that was set aflame yesterday set just feet away circling a light post.

“It’s the same as if somebody came and desecrated a grave,” Anthony Levine of a nearby St. Louis suburb, told the Huffington Post.

The memorial fire has refueled the tensions in Ferguson as protestors took to the streets.

“That’s very disrespectful to burn down a memorial to someone that got killed,” said Meldon Moffitt of Ferguson, “That’s just wrong! The police came here and watched it burn.”

A group of about 200 people gathered in Ferguson on Tuesday to continue protest reported the St.Louis Dispatch. By late Tuesday morning the memorial was reassembled as 75 people gathered together holding hands in prayer and proclaiming “We are Mike Brown.”

We have been here before. We are not afraid of a little fire.

Photo: R. Gino Santa Maria /

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