Funeral arrangements are set for Rep. Elijah Cummings, who died Thursday morning from complications from longstanding health issues.
Cummings’ body will lie in state Thursday at the National Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol with a formal ceremony for members of Congress, Cummings family and invited guests, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Friday. A public viewing will be after the memorial service.
“In the House, Elijah was our North Star. He was a leader of towering character and integrity, whose stirring voice and steadfast values pushed the Congress and country to rise always to a higher purpose,” Pelosi said in a statement. “His principled leadership as chair of the committee on Oversight and Reform was the perfect testament to his commitment to restoring honesty and honor to government, and leaves a powerful legacy for years to come.”
Funeral services are scheduled for Oct. 25 at New Psalmist Baptist Church in Baltimore, where Cummings’ worshiped for 40 years, The Baltimore Sun reported. A viewing is at 8 a.m. followed by the service at 10 a.m.
Cummings will lie in repose Wednesday at Morgan State University, the Sun reported. The public viewing is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a tribute service from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the historically black university, The Washington Post reported.
It was at Cummings request to hold a viewing at the school, which gave him an honorary degree in 2006. He also served on the school's board of regents.
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