PHOTOS: George Floyd Memorial In Raeford Draws Thousands

Jun 7, 2020

An estimated 10,000 mourners gathered in Raeford, N.C. to pay their final respects to George Floyd. It was the second of three memorials across the country to commorate his death. 

The mood was solemn as mourners waited in the midday sun to file through Cape Fear Conference B Headquarters of the United American Free Will Baptist Denomination. From time to time, they called out Floyd's name.

Floyd, whose death became a seminal moment in the movement to protest police violence against black Americans, was born in nearby Fayetteville, N.C.

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A public memorial for George Floyd takes place Saturday, June 6 at Cape Fear Conference B Headquarters of the United American Free Will Baptist Denomination in Raeford, N.C.
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A mourner raises her fist in the black power salute as she stands with the crowd in front of Cape Fear Conference B Headquarters of the United American Free Will Baptist Denomination in Raeford, N.C.
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Reverend Raymond Johnson drove up from Marion, S.C., to support George Floyd's family at a public memorial on Saturday, June 6.
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A line of mourners wrapped around the Raeford, N.C. church and extended down the highway Saturday, June 6 as thousands paid their last respects to George Floyd.
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Dr. Churchill Maya (right) plays music in the parking lot of Cape Fear Conference B Headquarters of the United American Free Will Baptist Denomination on Saturday, June 6 in Raeford, N.C.
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Desmond Blackstock, age 3, of Fayetteville, N.C., attends a public memorial for George Floyd on Saturday morning at Cape Fear Conference B Headquarters of the United American Free Will Baptist Denomination in Raeford, N.C.
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From left, Isaiah Fitzpatrick, Isaac Fitzpatrick, Thomasena Pannell, and Yutevia Mack attend a public memorial for George Floyd on Saturday, June 6 at Cape Fear Conference B Headquarters of the United American Free Will Baptist Denomination in Raeford, N.C.
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