‘It keeps her alive’: remembering Breonna Taylor through art

A new exhibition, involving Breonna Taylor’s mother Tamika Palmer, aims to honor her legacy one year after her killing at the hands of police

Last year, Baltimore artist Amy Sherald painted Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old medical worker who was killed by police, as a commission for the cover of Vanity Fair, depicting Taylor in hues of turquoise and blues, standing elegantly, like a goddess, in a long, flowy dress. “Producing this image keeps Breonna alive forever,” said Sherald.

Now, the portrait – which will be jointly owned by the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, and the Speed Museum in Louisville – is going on view in a new exhibition honoring Taylor, a year after her death.

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