Civil rights icon John Lewis honored at US Capitol

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8:18 p.m. ET, July 27, 2020

Lewis will lie in state in the Georgia State Capitol on Wednesday

From CNN's Clare Foran

People pay their respects to the late Rep. John Lewis as he lies in state at the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, DC.
People pay their respects to the late Rep. John Lewis as he lies in state at the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, DC. Matt McClain/Pool/AFP/Getty Images

Following today's ceremony in Washington, DC, Rep. John Lewis will lie in state in the Georgia State Capitol on Wednesday.

On Thursday, there will be a "celebration of life" at Ebenezer Baptist Church Horizon Sanctuary in Atlanta, followed by interment at South-View Cemetery.

Due to the pandemic, the family is also encouraging people to organize "John Lewis Virtual Love Events" to watch the events at home via livestream.

Ahead of the ceremony in the Capitol Rotunda on Monday, the House approved a measure offered by House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn to rename a House-passed voting rights bill after Lewis.

The House passed the measure in December that would restore a key part of the historic Voting Rights Act that the Supreme Court struck down in 2013. Democrats have pushed the Republican-controlled Senate to take up the legislation following Lewis' death.

7:32 p.m. ET, July 27, 2020

Vice President Mike Pence pays his respects to Lewis

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence pay their respects to Rep. John Lewis in Washington, DC.
Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen Pence pay their respects to Rep. John Lewis in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen visited at the US Capitol east front steps to pay their respects to civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson joined the Pences.

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7:33 p.m. ET, July 27, 2020

The public viewing for John Lewis has started

From CNN's Keith Allen

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

 

Rep. John Lewis’ casket has been transferred from the US Capitol Rotunda to the top of the east front steps.

The public viewing of Lewis’ casket has started and will continue until 10 p.m. ET.

The family asked attendees to wear face and mouth coverings. Signs outside the Capitol were set up to remind visitors to wear masks.

5:46 p.m. ET, July 27, 2020

Joe Biden visits Capitol Rotunda to pay respects to civil rights icon John Lewis

Pool
Pool

Former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill paid their respects to Rep. John Lewis at the US Capitol Rotunda today.

The couple spoke with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during their visit to the Rotunda.

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5:18 p.m. ET, July 27, 2020

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor pays her respects to Rep. John Lewis

US Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor pays her respects to Rep. John Lewis at the Capitol in Washington, DC.
US Supreme Court Sonia Sotomayor pays her respects to Rep. John Lewis at the Capitol in Washington, DC. Shawn Thew/Pool/AFP/Getty Images

US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor visited the Capitol Rotunda today to pay her respects to civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis.

Lewis is the first Black lawmaker to lie in state at the US Capitol Rotunda, according to congressional historians.

3:53 p.m. ET, July 27, 2020

Lewis became the first Black lawmaker to lie in state in US Capitol Rotunda

From CNN's Clare Foran

The casket of Rep. John Lewis arrives for a memorial service in the Capitol Rotunda on July 27 in Washington, DC.
The casket of Rep. John Lewis arrives for a memorial service in the Capitol Rotunda on July 27 in Washington, DC. Shawn Thew/Pool/Getty Images

Lawmakers and the American public are paying their respects to the civil rights icon and late congressman, Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, on Monday as his body lies in state at the US Capitol in Washington, DC.

Lewis is the first Black lawmaker to lie in state at the US Capitol Rotunda, according to congressional historians.

Last year, the late Rep. Elijah Cummings made history as the first Black lawmaker to lie in state at the US Capitol when his body was lain in state in Statuary Hall.

Lying in state is a tribute reserved for the most distinguished government officials and military officers, while lying in honor is a distinction given to private citizens.

Two African Americans have lain in honor: civil rights icon Rosa Parks and Officer Jacob J. Chestnut Jr., a Capitol Police officer killed in the line of duty.

Lewis' body is now laying in state following an invitation-only arrival ceremony earlier today. A military honor guard escorted the casket up the steps of the Capitol and carried it into the Rotunda.

A public viewing will take place outdoors later this evening as a precaution due to the coronavirus pandemic.

3:52 p.m. ET, July 27, 2020

Statuary Hall guests now paying respects to Lewis

From CNN's Keith Allen 

Guests who were in the National Statuary Hall during the Capitol Rotunda service for Rep. John Lewis are now being escorted into the Rotunda to pay their respects to the late civil rights icon.

Members of the House of Representatives not invited to the Rotunda service will then be escorted from the House chamber by Sergeant at Arms staff to pay their respects in groups of 72 at a time.

Members of Lewis’ family, along with Congressional leadership, have already paid their respects at his casket.

3:12 p.m. ET, July 27, 2020

US lawmakers surround Lewis' casket as he lies in state at the Capitol Rotunda

Several members of Congress gathered around Rep. John Lewis' casket Monday to pay their final respects following the ceremony.

The small invite-only ceremony wrapped following remarks from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. A recording of Lewis delivering a speech was also played and drew applause from those in attendance.

Rev. Wintley Phipps performed "Amazing Grace" and "It is Well with My Soul."

Later tonight, the public will be able to pay their respects to Lewis as he lies in state. The viewing will start at 6 p.m. ET and ends at 10 p.m. ET.

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2:57 p.m. ET, July 27, 2020

Pelosi: "God truly blessed America with the life and leadership of John Lewis"

U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi speaks as Rep. John Lewis lies in state at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C., on July 27.
U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi speaks as Rep. John Lewis lies in state at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C., on July 27. Michael A. McCoy/Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has called Rep. John Lewis the "Conscience of the Congress," honored the life of her former colleague during a ceremony held at the Capitol.

"God truly blessed America with the life and leadership of John Lewis," Pelosi said. "Through it all John was a person of greatness. He also was a person of great humility, always giving credit to others in the movement. John committed his life to advancing justice and understood that to build it, a better future, we had to acknowledge the past."

Pelosi said that while Lewis used his past experiences as a source of strength and inspiration, he also looked to young people as a vehicle to bring change for the next generation.

"John focussed on the future, on how to inspire the next generation to join the fight for justice. In his quote, 'to find a way to get in the way,'" Pelosi said.

She said that as one of the youngest leaders of the Freedom Riders, Lewis "understood the power of young people to change the future."

"When asked what someone can do who is 19 or 20 years old, the age he was when he set out to desegregate Nashville, Lewis replied, 'a young person should be speaking out for what is fair, what is just, what is right. Speak out for those who have been left out and left behind. That is how the movement goes forward,'" Pelosi said.

Pelosi also introduced audio from Rep. Lewis’ 2014 Emory Commencement Address, simply saying, “It is my personal privilege right now for me to yield to our beloved colleague the distinguished gentleman from Georgia, Congressman John Lewis.”

After Lewis’s recorded remarks, the Rotunda audience gave him a standing ovation.

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