On what would’ve been Mike Brown’s 19th birthday, his parents revealed that their son’s current memorial—filled with flowers, teddy bears and bouquets from mourners—will instead become a plaque cemented to concrete designed by Brown’s mother, Lesley McFadden.
McFadden and Mike Brown Sr. attended a press conference on Wednesday (May 20) with Ferguson Mayor James Knowles wearing sweaters bearing their son’s face. Mike Brown’s father said the memorial, while heartfelt, had become a traffic hazard to motorists and gave his blessing to the mayor and the city for its removal.
“He would have been nineteen years old,” Brown’s father told reporters. “Not a day goes by that I don’t think about how I can help other young men to go forward in life.”
The new plaque, a metallic dove, will be constructed and laid in place permanently on Canfield Drive, where Brown was shot and killed by officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9.