The body of civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis arrived at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Monday to lie in state, following a series of memorials this weekend that included a final trip across Edmund Pettis Bridge in Selma, Ala.
The big picture: Lewis is the first Black lawmaker to receive the honor. Because the Capitol is closed to the public due to the coronavirus, Lewis will lie in state for just a few hours after an invitation-only ceremony is held for lawmakers. A public viewing will be held on the Capitol steps.
- Vice President Mike Pence and former Vice President Joe Biden are set to attend, but President Trump said Monday he will not be making an appearance.
- On his way to the Capitol, the hearse carrying Lewis' remains made stops at the Lincoln Memorial and the newly-renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza in front of the White House.
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Rep. John Lewis’ hearse pauses at Black Lives Matter Plaza. A powerful moment: pic.twitter.com/L1FxrYsIDo— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) July 27, 2020
U.S. Capitol Rotunda for casket arrival of President George H.W. Bush (12/3/18) and today for Rep. John Lewis (social distancing). pic.twitter.com/wpeBkZCv1L— Jeremy Art (@cspanJeremy) July 27, 2020