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Houston Closes Roads Ahead Of George Floyd March, Funeral Details Released

Houston is set for another day of demonstrations, a week ahead of George Floyd’s funeral.

Marchers in downtown Houston protest the death of George Floyd on Saturday, May 30, 2020.

The city of Houston has shut down roads surrounding City Hall and scheduled some municipal buildings to close early ahead of Tuesday’s march on downtown in memory of George Floyd. 

Floyd, who grew up in Houston, inspired nationwide protests against police brutality after he was killed last week while in Minneapolis police custody. Joining protests across the country, Houstonians rallied through the weekend and another march alongside Floyd’s family is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Tuesday. 

Participants will start at Discovery Green before marching down McKinney Street to City Hall for a rally. 

The event is not city sponsored, but Houston officials have decided to shut down roads near City Hall to accommodate crowds. Below is a list of closures:

  • Bagby Street from McKinney to Walker
  • Walker Street from Smith to Bagby
  • McKinney Street from Bagby to Smith

Some municipal buildings will be closed hours beforehand:

  • Municipal Courts – scheduled for closure at noon
  • HPD 1200 Travis – scheduled for closure at noon
  • HPW 611 Walker – scheduled for closure at 1 p.m.
  • Central Library/Julia B. Ideson Building – scheduled for closure at 1 p.m.
  • City Hall – scheduled for closure at 1 p.m.
  • City Hall Annex – scheduled for closure at 1 p.m.
  • Houston Permitting Center – scheduled for closure at 1 p.m.

The march was organized and promoted by Houston rappers Trae the Truth and Bun B. The family of George Floyd is expected to attend. 

A map of road closures released by the City of Houston ahead of Tuesday’s march.

LISTEN: Bun B tells Houston Matters why he’s marching for George Floyd

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner urged participants to be peaceful as they march on downtown, thanking them for keeping demonstrations nonviolent over the weekend. At a news conference on Monday, Turner said the city has partnered with federal and state authorities to ensure safety surrounding the march and all other demonstrations in Houston.

“This is an honor and a tribute to someone who grew up in Houston’s Third Ward. So this is a salute to George, and an acknowledgement that he should not have died the way he did,” Turner said.

Further details on a funeral for Floyd in Houston are expected in the coming days.

A public viewing is planned for Monday from noon to 6 p.m., according to public relations firm Elite Change. 

Floyd’s funeral is scheduled for the next day, June 9 at 11 a.m., and will be a ticketed event.

Both the visitation and funeral will be held at The Fountain of Praise church in southwest Houston. 

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Davis Land is Houston Public Media's senior news producer. He leads coverage for News 88.7's morning newscasts and coordinates between beat reporters, newscasters, and the Houston Matters team. Before joining Houston Public Media, Land produced for WBUR's newscast unit and Atlantic Public Media. His work has been heard on NPR's...

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