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Protest honoring George Floyd planned for Port Gibson

Port Gibson residents will hold a peaceful protest in honor of George Floyd Saturday, starting with a march at noon and ending with a program at the city’s civil rights mural, 407 Market St.

Floyd was killed at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis, Minn. on May 25. His death has sparked protests — and in some cases riots — throughout the country calling for an end to police brutality.

The Port Gibson program comes one week after a peaceful demonstration was held in Vicksburg.

“I feel like George Floyd has ignited a flame all across the nation,” said protest organizer Geraline Smith. “I was sitting with some friends and we came up with the idea. Why not do it here as well?”

She said the response to the program has been good.

“A lot of people have shared us and a lot of people have said they’re going to be there,” she said.

The march begins at First Baptist Church, 804 St., and will go to the civil rights mural which is across from the Claiborne County Courthouse. Smith said the program, which will begin at 1 p.m. and is expected to last 30 minutes, will include speakers, prayer and music

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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