Mayor F.L. “Bubba” Copeland and Smiths Station City Council members George Stringer and Morris Jackson participated in a wreath-laying ceremony held Monday afternoon at Courthouse Square in downtown Opelika honoring the life of George Floyd.
The event was organized by City of Opelika Councilwoman Patsy Jones. In addition to the Smiths Station contingent, attendees included Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller and four members of the Opelika City Council, Auburn Mayor Ron Anders and three members of the Auburn City Council, Lee County State Delegation members, Lee County commissioners, Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones and representatives from the Auburn and Opelika police departments.
Jones and Fuller led the procession and placed the wreath under a nearby pavilion. The rest of the group walked over and formed a semi-circle, spending the next 8 minutes and 46 seconds in silence, the same amount of time that Floyd’s neck was pinned to the ground by a Minneapolis police officer and caused his untimely death.
“By being here today representing the City of Smiths Station, we want show that we are joining our neighboring cities and towns in Lee County in honoring the life of George Floyd as well as tell the world that we are a community that stands for equality and equal treatment of everyone, regardless of their gender, race or sexual orientation,” Copeland said.