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US congressman John Lewis to lie in state in Capitol Rotunda

US congressman John Lewis to lie in state in Capitol Rotunda”

Under local orders, attendees will be required to wear masks in order to enter the line.

On Sunday morning, Lewis will be carried across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, commemorating the 1972 "Bloody Sunday" massacre, where Lewis was severely beaten by police in Selma, Ala., prompting Congress to pass the Voting Rights Act later that year.

After the ceremony on Saturday in Troy, commemorations will move to Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma, Alabama for a private remembrance followed by a public viewing.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on Saturday and Sunday in honor of Lewis.

On Saturday, members of the public gathered to view Lewis's body as it lay in state in an arena at Troy University in Alabama, the state of his birth, in a service titled The Boy from Troy, the nickname Reverend Martin Luther King Jr gave Lewis at their first meeting in 1958 in Montgomery. The Capitol building has not been open to the general public since March when the country began to shut down to slow the spread of the virus. Pelosi and McConnell said social distancing will be "strictly enforced".

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Apple's portions of the proceeds from the documentary, "John Lewis: Good Trouble", will go to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn. and the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., the company said in a statement.

The Georgia Democrat will lie in state at the top of the East Front steps of the U.S. Capitol on Monday and Tuesday for the viewing.

The public will remain outside to pay their respects to Lewis (D-Ga.), who died last Friday at the age of 80 after a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

The documentary is available for rent on the Apple TV app and details more than 60 years of Lewis' life - from his teenage years to being at the forefront of the civil rights movement in the middle of the 20th century to his legacy as a congressman. He was elected to the Atlanta City Council in 1981 and to Congress in 1986, calling the latter victory "the honor of a lifetime".

The Government of Jamaica and former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson have sent letters of condolence to the United States Congressional Black Caucus on the passing of the long-standing representative for Georgia's 5th District, John Lewis.



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