John Lewis to lie in state at U.S. Capitol

Tuesday, 28 Jul, 2020

Lewis died last week at the age of 80 after a yearlong battle with advanced-stage pancreatic cancer.

As with others afforded the honor, Lewis's casket rested on the catafalque built for Abraham Lincoln's funeral in 1865.

President Donald Trump on Monday said he would not visit the Capitol Hill rotunda this week to honor the late Rep. John Lewis.

Amongst those predicted to fork out tribute to Lewis as he lies in condition are former Vice President Joe Biden and Jill Biden. "Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble".

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus wore masks with the message "Good Trouble", a nod to Lewis' signature advice and the COVID-19 pandemic that has made for unusual funeral arrangements. They were assaulted and battered at many stops along the way, by both citizens and authorities.

Other major moments on the road to civil rights legislation were Rosa Park's bus sit-in in Montgomery, also in Alabama, and Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech in Washington.

On the south side of the bridge, where Mr Lewis was beaten by Alabama state troopers in 1965, family members placed red roses that the carriage rolled over, marking the spot where Mr Lewis spilled his blood and suffered a head injury.

It was the same bridge where in 1965 he was beaten for marching across to demand voting rights for African Americans. The marches sparked a national conversation about voting rights for Black people, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed a few months later. "The vote is precious".

The casket with the body of John Lewis moves over the Edmund Pettus Bridge by horse-drawn carriage during a memorial service for Lewis, in Selma, Alabama, July 26, 2020. "It is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have in a democracy".

Subsequent a limited ceremony outside the house of Brown Chapel AME Church on Sunday, Lewis' physique traveled on a horse-drawn caisson as a result of many blocks of downtown Selma to the Pettus Bridge, where Lewis' flag-draped casket crossed. "It's poetic justice that this time, Alabama state troopers will see John to his safety", said Alabama Congresswoman Terri Sewell in her remarks during the ceremony.

On Thursday, solemn commemorations for Lewis will end in Atlanta, Georgia, where he will be remembered in a private service in the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King once preached.

Lewis and Trump had a contentious relationship, but past presidents often looked past any differences they may have had with prominent public figures in the event of their deaths in order to show respect.