John Lewis to lie in state in U.S. Capitol

Rep. John Lewis by Lorie Shaull is licensed under Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0
The late Rep. John Lewis will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda on Monday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced.

There will be an invite-only ceremony Monday afternoon and later that night and Tuesday for a public viewing.

Due to health concerns related to COVID-19, the civil rights icon will be placed at the top of the Capitol’s East Front steps, where the public can view from the East Plaza. Masks and social distancing will be strictly enforced.

The Lewis family has not yet publicly announced specific plans for any memorial arrangements beyond the Capitol viewing, though there will be a procession through Washington, D.C., to allow the public to remain socially distant.