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Students lead nearly 7-mile protest on Clayton Road in west St. Louis County

After five hours and nearly 7 miles, hundreds of protesters returned to their cars

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — Hundreds of people gathered in Ladue for a protest following the death of George Floyd, the man killed by a Minneapolis police officer last week.

Friday afternoon’s protest was organized and led by students.

The group gathered at the St. Louis County Library across from the Plaza Frontenac. They started going west on Clayton Road at about 4:25 p.m. 

By 4:40, they had stopped in front of the Frontenac Municipal Court building.

Several times along their march, protesters stood on the side of the road holding signs in support of the demonstrators.

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Also along the route, several people set up tables with water and snacks for the marchers. Temperatures had been in the upper 80s Friday afternoon, but the "feels like" temps were in the mid-90s.

The group marched all the way to Highway 141, which is nearly 7 miles away from where they started.

Protesters made it back to their cars at 9 p.m. after five hours of marching.

Students worked with police to coordinate road closures so they could safely march in the streets.

This protest is one of several planned Friday in the St. Louis area.

At 6:30 p.m., the LGBTQ community will gathered for a march in The Grove. The march in June usually celebrates Pride Month, but this year, it’ll take a different tone.

The event is called Rally: Price Is Cancelled. The march down Manchester will address injustice for black transgender people. It’s set to start at 6:30 p.m.

READ MORE: Black transgender community to march against injustice

At 7:30 p.m., protesters will gather at Mid Rivers Mall for another planned demonstration. Roads will be closed in the area. The mall closes at 7 p.m.

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