Tom Bass Park in Houston, Texas will be unveiling a George Floyd statue on Wednesday, on the second anniversary of his death.
Floyd was killed on May 25, 2020, by former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin, who was sentenced to 22.5 years in prison. The statute, called “Conversation with George,” was created by sculptor Adrienne Rison-Isom.
The statue will depict Floyd seated on a table, welcoming people of all ethnic backgrounds to have a seat and join him in conversation. Several Houston leaders, including Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, are expected to attend the unveiling at Tom Bass Regional Park III Community Center, located at 15118 Cullen Boulevard, on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. local time, along with Floyd’s family.
Houston Mayor on George Floyd
“I hope that it serves as a gathering spot for reflection and action today and always,” Mayor Turner said. “The name George Floyd will forever resonate in Houston and worldwide.
“The senseless murder in Minneapolis of this son of the Cuney Homes in Third Ward served as the catalyst for policing reform and started conversations from the classroom to corporate America about race and social justice.”
Floyd’s statue was donated to Harris County by Dannette Davis of Kay Davis Associates. The Floyd Family Foundation was also involved in the creation of the sculpture, which is worth $110,000.
“We all witnessed the impact that George Floyd made on the world, but at the end of the day, he was a regular guy with a few extraordinary talents. He was an athlete and artist, but he was also a father, a son, and a brother,” Davis said. “Just like all of us, he was a multi-dimensional human trying to find his way in this world.”
National Police Week in Minnesota
Amy Klobuchar, a U.S. Senator from Minnesota, came under fire on Saturday when she announced on Twitter a Senate resolution designation this week as National Police Week. Detractors called Klobuchar “tone-deaf” for doing so on the week of Floyd’s death’s two-year anniversary.
“576 officers lost their lives in the line of duty in 2021,” Klobuchar wrote. “We passed a Senate resolution designating this week as National Police Week to honor the officers who put their lives on the line every day to protect our communities. One small way to recognize their courage.”
576 officers lost their lives in the line of duty in 2021.
We passed a Senate resolution designating this week as National Police Week to honor the officers who put their lives on the line every day to protect our communities. One small way to recognize their courage.
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) May 21, 2022