John Lewis memorial – Civil rights pioneer’s casket driven over BLM mural as he’s taken to lie in state at Capitol

A FUNERAL procession for John Lewis has taken the civil rights pioneer’s casket to lie in state at the Capitol Building.

The body of the Georgia congressman and civil rights leader was honored with a motorcade procession as part of a days-long tribute to the revered freedom fighter.

Lewis – who passed away on Friday in Atlanta after receiving hospice care to treat pancreatic cancer – will lie in the United States Capitol Rotunda for a few hours on Monday.

His coffin was placed under the Capitol Dome in Washington, DC and will later be moved to the Capitol steps, according to the New York Times.

Lewis' casket was driven over the new Black Lives Matter Plaza outside the White House before arriving to the Capitol Dome.

Other notable sites the motorcade will pass include the Martin Luther King memorial, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the Lincoln Memorial.

Approximately 46 family members and friends of Lewis participated in the motorcade.

Last week, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had announced the details of the invite-only rotunda ceremony.

Following the private ceremony, public viewing is allowed on the steps.

Viewing will be allowed from 6pm to 10pm on Monday and 8am to 10pm on Tuesday.

Mask-requirements and social distancing rules must be followed by visitors.

The Monday ceremony, starting at 1.30pm, comes a day after Lewis' body crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama for the final time.

The bridge became a landmark for the civil rights movement after Lewis and other demonstrators were beaten by police while crossing it during a march in 1965.

On Saturday, a service was held for Lewis in an arena at Troy University in Alabama, the state of his birth, with his surviving siblings and others paying tribute.

Saturday's ceremony kicked off six days of tributes.

Lewis' great-nephew vowed to carry on the civil rights icon's legacy as loved ones paid tribute to a memorial his home town.

Jackson Lewis Brewster, 7, touched hearts with his tribute at the Saturday memorial service in Alabama.

The week of solemn commemorations will end on Thursday in Atlanta, Georgia.

Lewis will be laid to rest in Atlanta after a private service in the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King once preached.

Lewis was the senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus and a man known as the "conscience of the Congress."

While attending segregated schools in Alabama, Lewis was inspired by the peaceful protests of rights leaders like Martin Luther King Jr.

He eventually rose to join their ranks and since 1987 he had represented a Georgia district in Congress.

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