Funeral Arrangements for Rep. John Lewis Announced

A ceremony is held at the U.S. Capitol for Congressman John Lewis
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By V-103

Funeral arrangements have been announced for Congressman John Lewis.  The longtime U.S. Representative and Civil Rights icon died at his Atlanta home on Friday, July 17, 2020, following a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 80.

According to Lewis' family, there will be a series of events to celebrate the life of the man known as "America's Nonviolent Warrior" and famous for advocating getting into "good trouble". 

A week of activities will include stops in Lewis' hometown of Troy, Alabama; Selma, Alabama; Montgomery, Alabama; Washington, D.C.; and Atlanta, Georgia.

On July 27, 2020, Rep. Lewis will lie in repose inside the U.S. Capitol. U.S.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Thursday that the public will be allowed to pay final their respects to Lewis.  There will be 4 scheduled viewings at the East Front Steps on Monday from 6:00 p.m. 10:00 p.m., and again on and Tuesday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 

An invitation-only arrival ceremony will also be held on Monday, July 27, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.

The events will begin on Saturday, July 25, in Lewis' hometown, Troy, Alabama, and will end at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

Saturday - July 25:

A Service Celebrating the 'Boy from Troy'

Where: Trojan Arena, Troy University

When: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CT

This ceremony is open to the public, but seating is limited. Participants must obtain a ticket in the parking lot of the arena upon arrival to enter the facility. Due to the needs required to maintain social distancing, only 800 public seats are available. Attendees will be required to wear face and mouth coverings.

From 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Congressman Lewis will lie in repose for public viewing at Trojan Arena.

Selma Honors Congressman John Robert Lewis: 1940-2020

Where: Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church

When: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. CT

This event is not open to the public. Attendees will be required to wear face and mouth coverings.

Rep. Lewis will lie in repose at the church from 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

The public is welcome to the viewing.

Face and mouth coverings are required.

Sunday - July 26:

“#GoodTrouble: Courage, Sacrifice & the Long March for Freedom”

Where: Selma and Mongtomery, Alabama

The Final Crossing of Edmund Pettus Bridge

When: 10:00 a.m. CT

The public is invited to view the processional as it travels from Brown Chapel to the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Attendees will be required to wear face and mouth coverings. 

Receiving Ceremony to be held at Alabama State Capitol

Where: Front Entrance Hall State Capitol

When: 2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. CT

Rep. Lewis will lie in state at the capitol from 3:00 p.m. -- 7 p.m. CT.

The viewing is open to the public.

Face masks and mouth coverings are required.

Monday - July 27:

The Conscience of the Congress

Where: Washington, D.C.

Rep. Lewis will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol rotunda

Mon., July 27, 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Tues., July 28, 8:00 am – 10:00 pm

Wednesday - July 29:

Atlanta's Servant Leader

Where: Georgia State Capitol rotunda

When: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Rep. Lewis will lie in state from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., and again from 8:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m.

Attendees will be required to wear face and mouth coverings.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Omega Service will be held at the rotunda from 7:00 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Attendees will be required to wear face and mouth coverings.

Thursday - July 30:

A Celebration of Life service will be held at Ebenezer Baptist Church Horizon Sanctuary at 11:00 a.m.

The event is not open to the public.