With a country – and a world – convulsing around him, George Floyd is now at rest. After an impressive and passionate ceremony at the Fountain of Praise church in his hometown of Houston, he traveled the streets of the city before being buried next to his mother in Pearland.
The service coming two weeks after calling out for help and his mother for nearly nine minutes as he took his last breath in handcuffs. Floyd’s gold casket arrived at the cemetery by horse-drawn carriage. Earlier at the church service, Floyd's niece described her uncle as a spiritually grounded activist who could move others with his words. “Everyone will remember him around the world,” George’s brother Rodney offered. “He is going to change the world.”
Aside from the ‘everyman’ mourners at the service and the Rev. Al Sharpton leading the service, attendees included actors Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum, as well as J.J. Watt of the NFL’s Houston Texans, rapper Trae tha Truth and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner were also there – with Turner bringing the crowd to its feet when he announced he will sign an executive order banning chokeholds in the city.