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Civil rights icon John Lewis to lie in state at US Capitol

Leaders in Congress announced Thursday that the late civil rights icon, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

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Leaders in Congress announced Thursday that the late civil rights icon, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, will lie in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

The public can pay their respects on Monday from approximately 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Tuesday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Leaders noted there will be special coronavirus precautions, including physical distancing, in place and visitors will have to adhere to a Washington, D.C. mayoral order to wear masks there.

Above video: House holds moment of silence for Rep. John Lewis

A procession through Washington will also occur.

"The family requests that members of the public do not travel to Washington, D.C. from across the country to pay their respects at the U.S. Capitol given the COVD-19 pandemic," congressional leaders said. "Virtual tributes may be posted online using the hashtags #BelovedCommunity or #HumanDignity."

The public is also invited to pay tribute over the coming days during a series of celebrations of Lewis' life beginning Saturday in his hometown of Troy, Alabama. On Sunday morning, a processional will be held in which Lewis' body will once more cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where he and other voting rights demonstrators were beaten 55 years ago on “Bloody Sunday.”

The funeral for Lewis will be held Thursday at Atlanta’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, which the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. once led. Lewis’ family announced that the funeral will be private.

Lewis' body will also lie in state at the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery and the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta.

Lewis, 80, died last Friday, several months after he was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer. He served 17 terms in the U.S. House. Following the funeral at the Ebenezer Baptist Church Horizon Sanctuary, he will be interred at South View Cemetery in Atlanta.