Peaceful protesters gather in downtown Marshall

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MARSHALL, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV)– Nearly 50 protesters gathered in the Marshall town square on Sunday afternoon in response to the death of George Floyd.

Jenny Farrar organized Sunday’s protest and she said it was something that needed to be done.

“Being silent we can’t continue to do that. It’s not going to get us anywhere. I feel like this is a revolution that’s long past due,” said Farrar.

Protesters marched around the square and chanted, “Say his name,” “Black lives matter,” and “No Justice. No Peace.”

They also participated in a moment of silence for 8 minutes and 46 seconds to remember Floyd’s final moments before he died in police custody.

Paul Cooper, pastor at Marshall Baptist Church, said it’s important for others to speak up for those who go unheard.

“It’s our opportunity for us to stand up and say we see you. We hear you. We want to be a voice for you. One of the best things we can do is to talk to people and to listen,” Cooper said. “It’s a little weird for me because I just spent a whole lot of time talking. But I really want to encourage people to listen more and to hear from black men and women and ask them about their experiences.”

Cindy Reynolds, a Marshall resident, also attended the protest. She said she doesn’t understand why racism exists.

“I was taught that nobody is better than anyone else. You do unto others as you would want them to do unto you,” Reynolds said.

Farrar said at the end of the day, she just wants to educate her local community.

“I just think it’s important to spread the awareness,” she said.

Protesters plan to gather on Monday afternoon for another peaceful demonstration around the Marshall town square.

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