Consultant John Lewis, Democrat of Georgia and a civil rights icon, will lie in state Monday within the Capitol Rotunda, the primary Black lawmaker to obtain one of many highest American honors, earlier than a viewing for the general public to be held outdoors.
With the Capitol closed to the general public amid the coronavirus pandemic, Mr. Lewis will spend just a few hours mendacity in state beneath the Capitol dome after an invitation-only ceremony reserved solely for members of the legislative department on Monday afternoon. About 80 lawmakers are anticipated to attend, in line with a Capitol official.
Afterward, Mr. Lewis’s coffin can be moved outdoors to the Capitol steps, and members of the general public will have the ability to line up — with masks required and social distancing enforced — to view it from the plaza beneath on Monday night and all day Tuesday.
Amongst these paying their respects can be Vice President Mike Pence and Joseph R. Biden Jr., the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, in line with their public schedules. President Trump just isn’t scheduled to attend.
Right here is the schedule of occasions to honor Mr. Lewis.
Arrival Ceremony: 1:30 p.m. Monday
There can be an invitation-only arrival ceremony within the Capitol Rotunda.
The Rev. Grainger Browning Jr. of Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church in Fort Washington, Md., will give the invocation, adopted by remarks from Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the bulk chief.
There can be a presentation of wreaths by Consultant Steny H. Hoyer, Democrat of Maryland and the bulk chief; Consultant Kevin McCarthy, Republican of California and the minority chief; Senator Chuck Schumer, Democrat of New York and the minority chief; and Senator Tim Scott, Republican of South Carolina.
The vocal artist Wintley Phipps will sing the Christian hymns “Superb Grace” and “It Is Nicely.”
Consultant James E. Clyburn, Democrat of South Carolina and the bulk whip, will give the benediction.
Public viewing outdoors: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday
As a substitute of remaining beneath the Capitol dome whereas members of the general public pay respects, as is conventional, Mr. Lewis’s coffin can be moved outdoors to the Capitol steps to permit for a extra pandemic-friendly viewing. Members of the general public will have the ability to line up in a socially distanced technique to see him mendacity in state from the plaza beneath.
Even with the well being precautions, Mr. Lewis’s household discouraged folks from touring from out of city to the Capitol amid the pandemic, as an alternative asking for “digital tributes” utilizing the hashtags #BelovedCommunity or #HumanDignity.
Public viewing continues on Tuesday: eight a.m. to 10 p.m.
The general public viewing of Mr. Lewis’s coffin will proceed all day Tuesday.
Mr. Lewis, a 17-term congressman from Georgia and the senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus, died July 17 after battling pancreatic most cancers.
He was often called the “conscience of the Congress” for his ethical authority acquired by means of years of protest for racial equality — together with when he was brutally crushed throughout voting rights demonstrations in Selma, Ala., in 1965 and throughout the Jim Crow South. On Sunday, he made his final journey across the Edmund Pettus Bridge there, his coffin carried by a horse-drawn caisson past the very spot where a state trooper wielding a club fractured his skull 55 years ago.
Last year, Representative Elijah E. Cummings became the first Black lawmaker to lie in state in the Capitol, though he was honored in Statuary Hall, not in the Rotunda, where presidents and other statesmen have lain. The site is reserved for the nation’s most revered figures, most recently including President George Bush and Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona. Rosa Parks, the civil rights pioneer, lay in honor there in 2005, receiving the highest honor afforded to a private citizen.