Downtown Raleigh Cleanup

A young girl holds a flower in downtown Raleigh, NC on the morning of May 31, 2020. She received the daisy from a woman who was passing them out to the volunteers helping to restore the city after peaceful protests were co-opted by looters on the night of May 30.
A volunteer writes a message of hope on a sidewalk in downtown Raleigh, NC on May 31, 2020. Protests broke out nationwide after the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota, and community members in the Triangle were galvanized to respond.
A young boy helps pick up glass from the sidewalk in Raleigh, NC on the morning of May 31, 2020. The prior night’s destruction had littered downtown streets with the shards from broken windows.
Two young women observe the clean up of downtown Raleigh, NC from the broken door of a local business on May 31, 2020. Hundreds of volunteers filled the streets to help repair damage caused by looters on the previous night.
A local business owner hugs a volunteer during the post-protest clean-up in downtown Raleigh, NC on May 31, 2020. Many businesses in the area near Fayetteville Street were broken into on the night of May 30, but hundreds of volunteers responded the next morning to help repair the damage.
Volunteers and small business owners flood downtown to clean up after the first night of riots in Raleigh, NC on May 31, 2020. Peaceful protests over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minnesota police turned violent throughout the country on the night of May 30.

The Downtown Raleigh clean up was organized by a collection of individuals and organizations, with needs identification orchestrated by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance.

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Photo Credit: Bisi Cameron Yee and Activate Good’s ‘Look for the Helpers’ Photojournalism Project (See the entire collection at ActivateGood.org/Helpers)

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