The late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will lie in state Friday in the U.S. Capitol, an honor given to very few.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced Monday that Ginsburg will lie in State at the Capitol after she will lie in repose at the Supreme Court on Wednesday and Thursday, where the public can pay their respects. According to The Hill, Ginsburg will be the first woman and second Supreme Court justice to lie in state in the Capitol.
“Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was nominated for the United States Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton on June 14, 1993 and took her seat on August 10, 1993. Ginsburg first drew national attention for her work successfully litigating sex discrimination cases in the 1970s. As an Associate Justice for more than 27 years, Ginsburg was a leading voice for equality on the Court and across the country,” Pelosi’s office said in a press release.
“A formal ceremony will be held Friday morning. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony will be open to invited guests only. Additional details will be announced at a later date,” the press release continued.
The late Democratic Georgia Rep. John Lewis was the last person to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol after he died in July. Lewis, a civil rights leader, died after fighting pancreatic cancer. (RELATED: Rep. John Lewis To Lie In State In The US Capitol)
William Howard Taft was the only other Supreme Court Justice to receive the honor, when he died in March 1930.