Aug 10, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Ahmaud Arbery's hometown dedicates street to him after sentencing in hate crime case

A woman carries a portrait of Ahmaud Arbery outside the Glynn County Courthouse in Brunswick, Ga. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

Ahmaud Arbery's hometown of Brunswick, Georgia, this week dedicated a street in honor of his legacy.

The big picture: The dedication occurred after a federal judge handed down another life sentence to Travis and Greg McMichael, two of three white men already in prison after being convicted in a state court for the Arbery's murder.

  • The McMichaels' former neighbor William "Roddie" Bryan received an additional 35-year federal sentence, after also already being sentenced to life in state prison, albeit with the chance for parole.

Details: The section of Albany Street will now be named Honorary Ahmaud Arbery Street and it will have signs designating it, per the Associated Press.

  • Arbery's parents, Wanda Cooper-Jones and Marcus Arbery, were present along with their attorney, Lee Merritt, and other supporters, the Savannah Morning News reports.
  • The crowd chanted "Long Live Ahmaud Arbery," and "say his name," as the street sign was unveiled.
  • Brunswick park will also be renamed after Arbery and Feb. 23 will be Ahmaud Arbery Day in Georgia, per the Savannah Morning News.

What they're saying: “My only prayer is that you all won’t forget his name,” Cooper-Jones said at the unveiling, according to the Savannah Morning News.

  • Merritt added that there was still unfinished business and that he "will not, and the family will not let me, let Glynn County off the hook, and neither should you."

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