The casket carrying the body of the late Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis arrived at the U.S. Capitol Monday, July 27.
READ MORE: Lewis’ body returned to Washington Monday, where it will lie in state as lawmakers and the public pay their last respects to Lewis’ lifelong efforts to promote civil rights.
Lewis died July 17 at the age of 80 after a yearlong battle with advanced-stage pancreatic cancer.
His flag-draped casket was escorted Monday to the Capitol where he served the people of his Georgia district for 33 years. A military honor guard carried Lewis’ casket up the steps of the Capitol into the Rotunda, where his body will lie in state.
Before arriving on Capitol Hill, the motorcade carrying his body took a final journey past several civil rights landmarks in Washington as well as a new mural on a street near the White House reading "Black Lives Matter."
In remarks in the Capitol Rotunda, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi called Lewis the conscience of the Congress.
"It is fitting that John Lewis joins this pantheon of patriots, resting upon the same catafalque as President Abraham Lincoln," she said. A catafalque is an ornamental wooden framework that supports a coffin lying in state.
Pelosi had led a delegation Monday to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland to greet Lewis’ casket.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also praised Lewis, saying, "Lewis lived and worked with urgency because the task was urgent." (VOA/AP)