HOUSTON, TX - On February 26, 2012 Trayvon Martin was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman, as he was walking home from a convenience store. The shooting sparked controversy nationwide, as to whether whether Zimmerman acted in self defense or not. Zimmerman was eventually charged and tried in Trayvon's death. In July 2013, a jury acquitted Zimmerman of second-degree murder and manslaughter.
The shooting caused a civil rights movement all over the nation, including Houston. Because Trayvon was wearing a hoodie when he was killed, many wore them in protest and remembrance of Trayvon. It even inspired local artist Israel McCloud to paint a mural in Trayvon's honor right here in the Bayou City. The mural features Trayvon's silhouette with the words "For Trayvon Martin" at the top.
"I was permanently influenced to do the piece as a response to the intense climate of injustice upon looking how the masses were responding in terms of their immediate human response with anger and frustration," said McCloud.
McCloud says the mural has a deeper meaning beyond Trayvon. It's also for Michael Brown, the unarmed teen who was shot by a police officer in Ferugson, Missouri, and for numerous others who have suffered any sort of violence or injustice.
The mural is located on the corner of Wheeler Avenue and Almeda Road.