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Photos: Fencing comes down around Marcus-David Peters Circle

The community-named space has been fenced off since January 2021.

Crews removed the fencing around Marcus-David Peters Circle on Tuesday, Aug. 29, in Richmond, Virginia.

Marcus-David Peters was a Richmond-area middle school teacher who was killed by a Richmond police officer in 2018. His death sparked a movement calling for justice in his case and reforms to city policies, particularly when responding to mental health crises.

However, it wasn’t until the uprising for Black liberation following the 2020 murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer that the area surrounding the Lee statue was renamed in his honor by community members.

Shaban Athuman was born in a Tanzanian refugee camp and grew up in Roanoke, where he fell in love with photography.