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John Lewis’ Body Crosses the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.

The body of U.S. congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis was carried across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, Sunday, July 26.
READ MORE: The event at the place where he and other voting rights demonstrators were beaten in 1965 on a day known as “Bloody Sunday” began the second of six days of memorials for Lewis, who died July 17 at the age 80, after a yearlong battle with advanced-stage pancreatic cancer.

During the nearly weeklong memorial events, Lewis' body will lie in state at the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery, the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta and the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced last week that visitors could pay their respects to Lewis at the U.S. Capitol Monday and Tuesday.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the public viewing will take place outside the Capitol building instead of in the Capitol Rotunda as is traditional. Social distancing will be “strictly enforced” and facemasks will be required.

The Georgia Democrat will be the second Black lawmaker to lie in state at the Capitol. Congressman Elijah Cummings, who died last year, was the first.

Lewis’ funeral will be held Thursday at Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was once the pastor. Following the service, which will be private, Lewis will be interred at South View Cemetery in Atlanta.

Two memorial services were held for Lewis Saturday in Alabama.
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