Robbinsdale Pastor Helps George Floyd’s Coworkers Honor His Memory
A Robbinsdale pastor is helping coworkers and friends of George Floyd to honor his memory. Floyd died May 25 when a Minneapolis police officer knelt for nearly nine minutes on his neck.
“Mr. Floyd has spent his time caring for people. People who didn’t have a place to stay,” said Bishop Harding Smith from Spiritual Church of God in Robbinsdale.
On Sunday, Bishop Smith organized an event that would allow Floyd’s friends and coworkers from the Salvation Army Harbor Light Center in Minneapolis to visit the memorial at 38th and Chicago.
“It was very moving. There were some people in tears. These are people who really had a personal relationship with Mr. Floyd,” said Bishop Smith.
A Salvation Army spokesperson says Floyd worked at the facility from 2017 to 2018. They put out a statement that reads in part:
“Mr. Floyd was a former Salvation Army employee in Minneapolis, and the nature of his death is shocking to all of us who believe in a just, lawful and equal society.”
“There’s a lot of people that are in a shelter that has gone through a lot of trauma due to the death of Mr. Floyd, and they are looking for an avenue to release it,” explained Bishop Smith.
Floyd’s friends say they felt like a heavy burden was lifted after visiting the memorial site. They also say they will never forget George Floyd.