Family releases funeral arrangements for civil rights icon, Rep. John Lewis

Family releases funeral arrangements for civil rights icon, Rep. John Lewis

ATLANTA — The family of the late-Rep. John Lewis have announced of series of ceremonies to celebrate his life.

Lewis died Friday at the age of 80 following a battle with Stage IV pancreatic cancer.

“In light of the pandemic, the family encourages Congressman Lewis’s many supporters to organize John Lewis Virtual Love Events in their homes to watch the ceremonies. They will be livestreamed on multiple platforms. To fully participate, the public is encouraged to tie a blue or purple ribbon on their front doors or in their front yards to commemorate his life,” the family said in a news release Thursday night.

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Here is a rundown of the celebrations to honor Lewis:

Saturday, July 25 - Troy, Ala and Selma, Ala

A Service Celebrating “The Boy from Troy”

Trojan Arena, Troy University

10 a.m. – 11 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.

Rep. Lewis Lies in Repose

Trojan Arena, Troy University

11 a.m. – 2 p.m. CT

Open to the public. Attendees will be required to wear face and mouth coverings.

Selma Honors Congressman John Robert Lewis: 1940-2020

Brown Chapel A.M.E. Church

6 p.m. – 8 p.m. CT

Given COVID-19 precautions, this event is not open to the public. Attendees will be required to wear face and mouth coverings.

Rep. Lewis Lies in Repose

Brown Chapel A.ME. Church

8 p.m. – 11 p.m. CT

Open to the public. Attendees will be required to wear face and mouth coverings.

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

Sunday, July 26 - Selma, Ala and Montgomery, Ala

The Final Crossing

Edmund Pettus Bridge

10 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

Alabama State Capitol

Front Entrance Hall State Capitol

2 p.m – 2:15 p.m. CT

Rep. John Lewis Lies in State

Alabama State Capitol

3 p.m. – 7 p.m. CT

Open to the public. Attendees will be required to wear face and mouth coverings.

Monday, July 27 & Tuesday, July 28

THE CONSCIENCE OF THE CONGRESS

Washington, D.C.

Special Ceremony

Rotunda, United States Capitol

Mon., July 27, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Rep. John Lewis Lies in State

United States Capitol

Mon., July 27, 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Tues., July 28, 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Given COVID-19 precautions, Rep. Lewis will lie in state at the top of the East Front Steps of the U.S. Capitol for the public viewing, and the public will file past on the East Plaza. Per the Washington, D.C. Mayor’s order, masks will be required to enter the line, which will begin at the corner of First and East Capitol Streets NE. Social distancing will also be strictly enforced. Given expected high temperatures and the potential for inclement weather, members of the public are encouraged to bring water and umbrellas.

Wednesday, July 29 - Atlanta

ATLANTA’S SERVANT LEADER

Special Ceremony

Rotunda, Georgia State Capitol

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Rep. John Lewis Lies in State

Rotunda, Georgia State Capitol

3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

8 p.m. – 8 a.m.

Open to the public. Attendees will be required to wear face and mouth coverings.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Omega Service

Rotunda, Georgia State Capitol

7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Attendees will be required to wear face and mouth coverings.

THURSDAY, July 30

A LIFETIME OF SERVICE

A Celebration of Life

Ebenezer Baptist Church Horizon Sanctuary

11 a.m.

Given COVID-19 precautions, this event is not open to the public. Attendees will be required to wear face and mouth coverings.

Interment

South-View Cemetery

People can post video, photos, songs, or any kind of virtual tribute to Rep. Lewis using #BelovedCommunity or #HumanDignity or leave a written tribute at www.theJohnLewisLegacy.com.