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Tennessee church honors Tyre Nichols by showcasing his photography

Saint George’s Episcopal Church in Tennessee’s Germantown is honoring Tyre Nichols by showcasing his photography. Dorothy Wells, the church’s rector, had printed and framed photographs that Tyre posted on social media. The photographs are currently on display outside the sanctuary of the church and after the exhibit is over, Wells wants to send them to Nicols’ family. The exhibit is not only being attended by the church’s congregants but also by visitors who have traveled a great distance to participate in the showcase.

Church Leaders reports:

Less than two months after the tragic death of Tyre Nichols, his photography is on display at Saint George’s Episcopal Church in Germantown, Tennessee.

The church’s rector, Dorothy Wells, has a daughter the same age as Nichols. She followed his story closely and saw photographs that he had taken and posted on social media.

As a tribute to his life, Wells had the photographs printed and framed. They’re on display just outside the church’s sanctuary. After the exhibit closes, she plans to send the prints to Nichols’ family.

“I thought that a good way to honor him and to honor his memory was to be able to see the world through the eyes of the photographer,” Wells shared.

A local news station covered the exhibit and the beautiful intentions behind its display.

Wells reflected on her favorite images—especially of bridges. She said, “Perhaps that’s an image to help remember him by. That we are in a fractured community, and we need bridges to understanding, peace, justice and compassion. That seemed like a very good image to describe that.”

The church’s congregants have viewed and appreciated the works of art. But the display has reached much further than the church’s walls. Visitors have traveled great distances to see the photographs.

The tragic death of Tyre Nichols took place in January after he was stopped by police at a traffic stop and beaten.

Tyre Nichols Died Days After Police Beating

Video footage showed Tyre Nichols, a Black man, being beaten by police officers after a traffic stop on Jan. 7 in Memphis.

Shelby County Sheriff Floyd Bonner said that the murder of Tyre Nichols was a “callous disregard and indifference to the value of human life.”

Five police officers face criminal charges for Nichols’ death. This case is a bit different from other historical cases of police brutality in that many cases involve white officers and Black victims. In the case of Nichols, all five of the officers were also Black.

Read the full article here.

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