Updated 9:04 PM ET, Mon July 27, 2020
People are paying their respects to US Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights icon and longtime congressman who died earlier this month at the age of 80.
Lewis’ body will lie in state at the US Capitol through Tuesday. The ceremonial tribute is reserved for the nation’s most distinguished statesmen and military leaders.
On Sunday, an honor guard escorted Lewis’ body across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, where Lewis and others were beaten by police while marching for voting rights in 1965.
Lewis, who served Georgia’s 5th Congressional District for more than three decades, was widely seen as a moral conscience of Congress because of his decades-long embodiment of the nonviolent fight for civil rights. His passionate oratory was backed by a long record of action that included, by his count, more than 40 arrests while demonstrating against racial and social injustice.