Pelosi, McConnell Announce Congressman John Lewis Will Lie in State in the United States Capitol Rotunda

July 23, 2020
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today announced that late Civil Rights icon Congressman John Robert Lewis will lie in state in the United States Capitol Rotunda. 

An invitation-only arrival ceremony will be held on Monday, July 27, 2020 at 1:30 p.m.

The public is invited to pay their respects on Monday, July 27, 2020 and Tuesday, July 28, 2020.  Given COVID-19 precautions, Congressman Lewis will lie in state at the top of the East Front Steps of the U.S. Capitol for the public viewing, and the public will file past on the East Plaza.  Per the Washington, D.C. Mayor’s order, masks will be required to enter the line, which will begin at the corner of First and East Capitol Streets NE.  Social distancing will also be strictly enforced.  Given expected high temperatures and the potential for inclement weather, members of the public are encouraged to bring water and umbrellas. 

  • On Monday, July 27, the public viewing line will begin at approximately 6:00 p.m. and continue until 10:00 p.m.
  • On Tuesday, July 28, the public viewing line will begin at 8:00 a.m. and continue until 10:00 p.m.

The Lewis family will provide additional details regarding arrangements beyond the Capitol ceremony, including a procession through Washington, D.C., where members of the public will also be able to pay their respects in a socially-distant manner.

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.  Virtual tributes may be posted online using the hashtags #BelovedCommunity or #HumanDignity.