14 Images as Body of Rep. John Lewis Returns to Capitol

14 Images as Body of Rep. John Lewis Returns to Capitol

Rep. John Lewis broke another barrier Monday when, in death, he became the first African American to lie in state in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol.

Lewis, who as a young man marched for full civil rights for black Americans with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and championed related causes as a Democratic member of Congress until his last public appearance in June, died of pancreatic cancer July 17 in Atlanta. He was 80.

The Alabama-born son of a sharecropper had represented Georgia’s 5th Congressional District in the House since 1987. Here are 13 more photographs capturing the return of Lewis’ body to his beloved Capitol building in Washington as part of six days of funeral proceedings.

14 Images as Body of Rep. John Lewis Returns to Capitol
A photo of Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., appears near security barriers set up for the public viewing later Monday at the Capitol. (Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images)
14 Images as Body of Rep. John Lewis Returns to Capitol
The flag-draped casket bearing Lewis’ body is moved from a military plane by a joint services honor guard to a waiting hearse upon arrival at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland for the motorcade to the Capitol. (Photo: Alex Brandon/Pool/Getty Images)
14 Images as Body of Rep. John Lewis Returns to Capitol
Officers with the Metropolitan Police Department salute as the Capitol-bound motorcade goes by in Washington. (Photo: Alex Brandon/Pool/Getty Images)
14 Images as Body of Rep. John Lewis Returns to Capitol
The hearse moves through Black Lives Matter Plaza, a newly renamed stretch of 16th Street near the White House, the site of Lewis’ last public appearance. (Photo: Alex Brandon/Pool/Getty Images)
14 Images as Body of Rep. John Lewis Returns to Capitol
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks at the beginning of the congressional memorial service for Lewis in the Rotunda, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., consults notes. (Photo: Matt McClain/Pool/AFP/Getty Images)
14 Images as Body of Rep. John Lewis Returns to Capitol
Lewis’ loved ones wait as the military honor guard carries his casket up the steps at the Capitol. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski/Pool/AFP/Getty Images)
14 Images as Body of Rep. John Lewis Returns to Capitol
The hearse and police escort stop briefly in front of the Lincoln Memorial on the way to the Capitol. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
14 Images as Body of Rep. John Lewis Returns to Capitol
A bird’s eye view of the congressional memorial service as Lewis’ body lies in state at the center of the Capitol Rotunda. (Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Pool/Getty Images)
14 Images as Body of Rep. John Lewis Returns to Capitol
Construction workers record a bit of history on their smartphones as the hearse carrying Lewis’ casket passes them in Washington. (Photo: Alex Brandon/Pool/Getty Images)
14 Images as Body of Rep. John Lewis Returns to Capitol
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., left, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., pay their respects in the Rotunda after presenting a wreath in Lewis’ honor. (Photo: Michael A. McCoy/Pool/Getty Images)
14 Images as Body of Rep. John Lewis Returns to Capitol
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor says goodbye to Lewis in the Rotunda. (Photo: Shawn Thew/Pool/AFP/Getty Images)
14 Images as Body of Rep. John Lewis Returns to Capitol
Former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill linger at Lewis’ casket. (Photo: Shawn Thew/Pool/AFP/Getty Images)
14 Images as Body of Rep. John Lewis Returns to Capitol
Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen attend Lewis’ casket after it is moved to the top of the Capitol’s East Front. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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