Thousands of mourners are expected to attend a public visitation on Monday honoring George Floyd. The viewing is scheduled from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at The Fountain of Praise Church, 13950 Hillcroft Ave.
Floyd, 46, died on May 25 after an officer placed his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes. Floyd grew up in the Third Ward and will be buried in Houston next to his mother, according to the Fort Bend Memorial Planning Center.
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The public is expected to begin arriving hours before the public viewing. “We expect people to be lined up outside very early in the morning on Monday,” the owner of Fort Bend Memorial Planning Center Bobby Swearington said.
During Monday’s visitation, Floyd’s body will be lying in state at the church. As people walk-through the viewing, they will enter and exit the building from two different areas. Guests are encouraged to bring an umbrella to shield the sun as they wait outside the church to enter.
There will be no gathering or seating in the sanctuary, face masks and gloves are required, organizers have requested that guests social distance and hand sanitizing stations have been set up throughout the church.
Attendees will go through a temperature check and a metal detector. No bags are allowed inside the church.
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Parking will be available to the public at Windsor Village United Methodist Church, at 6011 W Orem Dr., with shuttles to The Fountain of Praise Church provided by Metro transit. When the lot reached capacity at 1,100 vehicles, a second lot at the Fountain Life Center at 14083 S Main St. will open.
Floyd’s body arrived in Houston on Saturday at George Bush Intercontinental Airport and was led to Fort Bend Memorial Planning Center by the Houston Police Department.
A private service in Houston at an undisclosed location is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday.