As the world said a final farewell to the 29-year-old son and father Tyre Nichols, the Memphis community gathered to celebrate his memory and provide solace for each other.
The February 1 procession concluded with the grieving community coming together at the Underground Cafe, run by Chef Tamra Patterson, to celebrate the memory of the 29-year-old father, son, photographer, and skater. Located at 668 Union Avenue, the Underground Cafe fed the family and friends with the help of other nearby restaurants.
Chef Tam said it was an honor to provide a bit of love for those who needed it. She said,
“It’s an honor to serve them. The greatest form of love is service. I have a 19-year-old son who is in his second year of college, so when I hugged Mrs. Wells, it was as if I was hugging myself,”
Chef Tam expressed.
“The family needs space to progress through such a massive loss. Let’s continue to pray for their peace, their hearts and their strength to navigate.”
The restauranteur decided with Nichols family to use some of Tyre’s photography on canvasses in the restaurant to uplift the man’s creative endeavors and make him feel present at the repast.
Chef Tam provided comforting soul food, and the list of the food supplied by dozens of different restaurants in the community is extensive.