Details regarding public viewings and memorials to honor George Floyd have been released by the law firm representing his family. Over the coming week, there will be gatherings held in Minnesota, where Floyd lived, as well as in Texas and North Carolina, where the family has ties.
A press release from Ben Crump Law detailed that the Minneapolis gathering will be held on Thursday, June 4 at 1 p.m. Central Standard Time (CST). The event will be held at North Central University in the Frank J. Lindquist Sanctuary.
According to KARE 11, Reverend Al Sharpton will deliver a eulogy at the Minneapolis memorial on Thursday. A number of Floyd’s family members will be participating in this memorial, as will the family’s attorney.
At this point, details about how many people will be allowed to attend or how seats will be allocated, have not been publicly revealed.
On Saturday, June 6, there will be both a public viewing and a memorial service held in Raeford, North Carolina, where George Floyd’s sister Bridgett Floyd lives. In addition, North Carolina is where George Floyd was born.
The Raeford public viewing will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. It will be followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m at the Cape Fear Conference B Headquarters.
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SAY HIS NAME. George Floyd was only 46 years old when he was senselessly murdered by Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin. Raised in Houston, Mr. Floyd was a star football player and @usouthflorida graduate. Minneapolis was where he strived for a better life... but here we are... another Black person's life taken mercilessly by police. #JusticeForFloyd #ICantBreathe #GeorgeFloyd #SayHisName
Floyd previously lived in Houston, Texas, and his family has slated two separate events to be held there. A public viewing will take place on Monday, June 8 from 12:00 p.m. to 6 p.m. CST.
Then, on Tuesday, June 9, a memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. CST. Both Houston events will be held at the Fountain of Praise church.
As the StarTribune notes, Floyd spent much of his youth in the Houston area. He also lived there for a number of years as an adult. A burial service for Floyd will be held after that June 9 memorial service.
In an Instagram post on his page, Crump asked people to pray for Floyd’s family as they prepare for his homecoming services.
Floyd died in Minneapolis on Memorial Day after an altercation with the police. The four officers who were involved in the incident have been fired, and former officer Derek Chauvin is facing criminal charges for his role in Floyd’s death.
Ongoing demonstrations have taken place in Minneapolis and throughout the country as people protest Floyd’s death.
Additional details about these upcoming viewings and memorial services for Floyd should emerge soon.