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Inside the unique tributes to Elijah Cummings
Political Theater, Episode 97

A portrait of the late Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings sits nearby as his body lies in state outside the House chamber on Thursday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The memorials for the late Maryland Democratic Rep. Elijah E. Cummings illustrate the unique way the nation remembers figures like him, a tradition of grieving both in public and private in places important to the deceased. Longstanding rituals in the Capitol, and in also in his hometown of Baltimore, give his family, friends, colleagues and constituents a way to celebrate his life. 

From former presidents to high schoolers from Baltimore City College, Cummings’ funeral shows the unique way we grieve people like him.  

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