Ferguson plans permanent memorial to Michael Brown

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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The makeshift memorial that has marked the site of where Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer in August will be removed and replaced with a permanent plaque.

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III joined Brown’s father, Michael Brown Sr., in announcing Wednesday that the plaque will be placed in the road as part of a project to resurface Canfield Drive, where the shooting occurred.

The announcement came on what would have been Michael Brown’s 19th birthday. Brown’s father says the plaque will include the likeness of a dove.

Brown, who was black, was killed by white officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, touching off protests and a national “Black Lives Matter” movement.

The temporary memorial, which appeared in the hours after the shooting, is expected to be taken down later Wednesday.

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