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Elijah Cummings to lie in state in Statuary Hall ahead of Friday funeral

Memorial services set for Thursday in Washington and Friday in Baltimore

Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md. listens to testimony before Select Committee on Intelligence hearing involving allegations of CIA involvement in the crack cocaine epidemic on Oct. 23, 1996. (Maureen Keating/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings will lie in state in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall Thursday before a Friday funeral in his home district of Baltimore. 

Many lawmakers are expected to attend the memorial service for the House Oversight and Reform Committee chairman, which will be held Thursday morning. The ceremony will be held Thursday morning and will be open to members of Congress, the Cummings family and invited guests. 

[Rep. Elijah Cummings fondly remembered by Democrats, Republicans]

Following the memorial service, there will be a public viewing. Additional details will be announced at a later date, a release from Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office said. 

Cummings died on Oct. 17 at the age of 68, after complications arising from longtime health issues, according to a statement from his office. The Maryland lawmaker saw himself as a champion for civil rights, his Baltimore constituents and democracy during his more than two decades in Congress. 

On Friday, many lawmakers will likely head north to Baltimore for his funeral services — an 8 a.m. viewing and a 10 a.m. service to be held at New Psalmist Baptist Church. 

[Elijah E. Cummings in Congress, 1996-2019]

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