Gazebo Where Tamir Rice Was Fatally Shot Headed to Chicago Museum 

The gazebo under which Tamir Rice was playing with a toy gun before he was shot and killed by a Cleveland police officer will be deconstructed and sent to a Chicago museum for display. 

A person stands under the gazebo in Cleveland’s Cudell Commons Park on Nov. 24, 2014. It is where 12-year-old Tamir Rice was fatally shot by police Nov. 23, 2014.
A person stands under the gazebo in Cleveland’s Cudell Commons Park on Nov. 24, 2014. It is where 12-year-old Tamir Rice was fatally shot by police Nov. 23, 2014. JORDAN GONZALEZ/AFP/Getty Images

The gazebo in Cleveland under which 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot and killed by a police officer is expected to be dismantled at the beginning of this week and sent to a Chicago museum to be displayed, the Associated Press reports.

As the newswire notes, the gazebo became a makeshift memorial to the boy, whose death in 2014 sparked protests across the nation after he was immediately shot and killed by officers responding to an emergency call about someone with a gun. Tamir had a pellet gun with him at the time.

According to AP, Tamir’s mom wanted the gazebo to become a symbol for what happened to the 12-year-old. Samaria Rice originally wanted the structure demolished but changed her mind as she understood the historic importance. Tamir’s death—along with the tragic deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner—sparked the national Black Lives Matter movement.

On Monday, ex-City Councilman Jay Westbrook told AP that he has been coordinating the deconstruction of the gazebo with officials at Chicago’s Stony Island Arts Bank museum. A museum official will be supervising the deconstruction, which is scheduled to begin Wednesday.

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