In Memoriam: George Rainey

Buinessman and Oldest Zulu King Passes at 89

Data News Staff Edited Report

People from all around the City are commemorating the life of George Rainey who made history as the oldest Zulu king at the age of 87 when he reigned with his granddaughter Kailyn Rainey in 2019. He recently passed away at the age of 89. His amazing life touched so many in the Crescent City, who came to view him in Gallier Hall.

According to a biography posted by the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, George V. Rainey was born in New Orleans and educated in New Orleans’ Public-School System at Booker T. Washington High School, first graduating 12th grade class, in 1949.

Then he honorably served his country in the United States Army serving for six years before returning home to start the iconic Rainey’s, that became a staple and one of the premiere African American restaurants in the City of New Orleans for 50 years.

While being a successful businessman, many have come to know Rainey as a member of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, which he joined in the early 70’s and remained a member until his passing.

Rainey played an important part in growing Zulu’s footprint into what it is today.

Rainey has secured more than 40 sponsors under his leadership, according to his biography.

In 1983, Rainey spearheaded the production of Zulu’s 1st poster series. In 1993, Rainey founded New Orleans’ world-renowned Zulu Lundi Gras Festival.

Throughout his incredible and impactful life, Rainey has received many awards and have been recognized by President George W. Bush, The Jefferson Award Foundation and Data News Weekly for his community services.

George Rainey’s life is a display of love and service to others. Data News Weekly thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones as we commemorate the life of a great man who represented the best of our City, George Rainey.

While being a successful businessman, many have come to know Rainey as a member of the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, which he joined in the early 70’s and remained a member until his passing.

George Rainey who made history as the oldest Zulu king at the age of 87 when he reigned with his granddaughter Kailyn Rainey in 2019.

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