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US Civil rights icon John Lewis to lie in state at Georgia Capitol; private funeral is Thursday

13:19  29 july  2020
13:19  29 july  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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The body of Congressman John Lewis was lying in state at the US Capitol on Monday as Americans paid their final tributes to the civil rights icon . Former vice president Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, and Vice President Mike Pence were among those expected to pay their

John Lewis , D- Ga ., as he lies in state on the East Front Steps of the Capitol in Washington He was at the head of hundreds of civil rights protesters who attempted to march from the Black Belt He will have a private funeral Thursday at Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, which King once led.

ATLANTA – Civil rights hero John Lewis will lie in state at the Georgia State Capitol rotunda Wednesday in one of the late congressman's last stops before his funeral and internment on Thursday.

a group of people standing in front of a building: The casket of Rep. John Lewis carried by military honor guard up the steps of the U.S. Capitol on July 27, 2020 in Washington. © Jack Gruber, Jack Gruber-USA TODAY The casket of Rep. John Lewis carried by military honor guard up the steps of the U.S. Capitol on July 27, 2020 in Washington.

Lewis will be honored at the State Capitol in a special ceremony at 2 p.m.

The public is allowed to view Lewis' body in the rotunda from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday and from 8 p.m. Wednesday to 8 a.m. Thursday.

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Members of Lewis' fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma, are also set to host an Omega service in the rotunda to honor his life at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Lewis died July 17 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 80 years old.

Lewis served in the U.S. House of Representatives for Georgia's 5th congressional district for 33 years. The 5th congressional district covers most of Atlanta and a few suburbs.

Prior to being elected to Congress, Lewis was an Atlanta city councilman. Memorial events Wednesday were given the theme "Atlanta's Servant Leader."

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Anyone who visits the State Capitol to pay their respects will be required to wear a mask and practice social distancing. However, Lewis' family is encouraging the public to hold virtual events in their homes and watch the events on livestream platforms.

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The civil rights icon will lie in state at the Capitol building in Washington DC on Monday with an invitation-only arrival ceremony starting at 1.30pm EST Congressman John Lewis of Georgia , a Democrat, will become the first black lawmaker to lie in state in the United States Capitol Rotunda

The Georgia Democrat is the first African-American lawmaker to lie in state at the Capitol rotunda. The body of civil rights icon , Democratic Congressman John Lewis , will lie in state this week in the US Capitol rotunda. The tribute is reserved for American statesmen and military leaders, including

The community is being asked to tie blue or purple ribbons around their front doors to honor Lewis.

The Georgia events come after a series of memorial events in Alabama and Washington, D.C., since Saturday. Lewis' body was moved to each city and lay in state at both the Alabama State Capitol and U.S. Capitol.

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Notably, Lewis was taken by horse and carriage across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma on Sunday – the same bridge he walked with voting rights activists on March 7, 1965, a day that became known as "Bloody Sunday."

A private funeral for Lewis is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday at Ebenezer Baptist Church Horizon Sanctuary, which is located at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park in Atlanta.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Civil rights icon John Lewis to lie in state at Georgia Capitol; private funeral is Thursday

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