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11 Striking Photos That Show A Forever-Changed Ferguson

One year later, the legacy of Ferguson's transformation blankets the small city.

 In the early days of August 2014, the city of Ferguson, Missouri was a community divided by race and inequality. Later that month, the death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown threw these deep tensions into sharp relief, as one community mourned and took action to protest the police violence that had characterized a building #BlackLivesMatter movement. 

August 9 marks one year since 18-year-old Brown was shot and killed by former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Scenes of the community mourning Brown's death, subsequent protests, and a militarized police presence in the small Missouri city inspired anger and action across the nation, which would play out in reactions to cases of excessive, sometimes lethal police force against black men and women in the year to come.

One year later, the legacy of Ferguson's transformation blankets the small city. Some signs are visible. Others are imperceptible. 

Reuters photojournalist Adrees Latif captures the Ferguson street where 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed. Photographed on
Reuters photojournalist Adrees Latif captures the Ferguson street where 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed. Photographed on July 20, 2014 and July 20, 2015.

Reuters photographer Adrees Latif photographed the neighborhood streets, government buildings, schools and local businesses shortly after Michael Brown's death, returning this summer to photograph the same places nearly a year later.

As a community rebuilds and markings of grief and anger fade, Ferguson's streets and buildings may look unchanged. But as these 11 images show, they will never be the same. 

  • A combination picture shows a makeshift memorial near the site where unarmed teen Michael Brown was shot dead along Canfield
    Adrees Latif/Reuters/Corbis
    A combination picture shows a makeshift memorial near the site where unarmed teen Michael Brown was shot dead along Canfield Road in Ferguson, Missouri on August 22, 2014 (top) and the same location on July 20, 2015.
  • A combination picture shows a man demanding the criminal indictment of the white police officer who shot Brown in August. He
    Adrees Latif/Reuters/Corbis
    A combination picture shows a man demanding the criminal indictment of the white police officer who shot Brown in August. He holds an image of Brown outside the Ferguson Police Station in Missouri on November 24, 2014 (top) and the same location on July 22, 2015.
  • A combination picture shows members of the National Guard standing guard outside the Ferguson Police Department where demonst
    Adrees Latif/Reuters/Corbis
    A combination picture shows members of the National Guard standing guard outside the Ferguson Police Department where demonstrators gathered to protest the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on November 28, 2014 (top), and the same location on July 20, 2015.
  • A combination picture shows local resident Ken Kendricks Jr. putting his hands together in prayer at a makeshift memorial at
    Adrees Latif/Reuters/Corbis
    A combination picture shows local resident Ken Kendricks Jr. putting his hands together in prayer at a makeshift memorial at the site along Canfield Road where Brown was killed (top) on July 20, 2014, and the same site on July 20, 2015.
  • A combination picture shows a protester holding a sign outside a Walgreens drug store which was set alight after a grand jury
    Adrees Latif/Reuters/Corbis
    A combination picture shows a protester holding a sign outside a Walgreens drug store which was set alight after a grand jury returned no indictment in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on November 24, 2014 (top) and the same location on July 20, 2015.
  • A combination picture shows the Gateway Arch monument and Old Courthouse building in the background as police in riot gear wa
    Adrees Latif/Reuters/Corbis
    A combination picture shows the Gateway Arch monument and Old Courthouse building in the background as police in riot gear walk through Kiener Plaza after protesters demanding justice for Michael Brown disrupted traffic in St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014 (top), and the same location on July 22, 2015.
  • A combination image shows St. Louis County policemen detaining a demonstrator in a McDonald's parking lot during a protest ag
    Adrees Latif/Reuters/Corbis
    A combination image shows St. Louis County policemen detaining a demonstrator in a McDonald's parking lot during a protest against the shooting of unarmed black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on August 20, 2014 (top), and the same location on July 20, 2015.
  • A combination picture shows supporters of officer Darren Wilson holding placards outside Barney's Sports Pub in St. Louis, Mi
    Adrees Latif/Reuters/Corbis
    A combination picture shows supporters of officer Darren Wilson holding placards outside Barney's Sports Pub in St. Louis, Missouri on August 23, 2014 (top), and the same location on July 22, 2015.
  • A combination picture shows a police officer cordoning off an area around a business which was burned after a grand jury retu
    Adrees Latif/Reuters/Corbis
    A combination picture shows a police officer cordoning off an area around a business which was burned after a grand jury returned no indictment in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on November 29, 2014 (top), and the same location on July 21, 2015.
  • A combination image shows student activists demanding justice for the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, staging a
    Adrees Latif/Reuters/Corbis
    A combination image shows student activists demanding justice for the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, staging a 'die-in', part of the nation-wide "Hands up, walk out" protest at Washington University's Tisch Commons in St. Louis, Missouri on December 1, 2014 (top) and the same location on July 23, 2015.
  • A combination picture shows a resident walking past a sign outside a business in Ferguson, Missouri on November 20, 2014 (top
    Adrees Latif/Reuters/Corbis
    A combination picture shows a resident walking past a sign outside a business in Ferguson, Missouri on November 20, 2014 (top), and the same location on July 24, 2015.
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