In pictures: Civil rights icon John Lewis honoured at US capitol

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The body of civil rights icon, Democratic Congressman John Lewis, will lie in state this week in the US Capitol rotunda.

The tribute is reserved for American statesmen and military leaders, including twelve US presidents.

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Lewis, the "Conscience of Congress", died of pancreatic cancer aged 80 on 17 July.

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His funeral procession passed by several DC landmarks, including the Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr Memorials and Black Lives Matter Plaza - the site of Lewis' last public appearance.

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Top Democrat, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, her Senate counterpart Republican Mitch McConnell and other US lawmakers attended an invitation-only ceremony for Lewis in the rotunda.

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Speaking at the ceremony for her long-time colleague, Ms Pelosi described Lewis as a "person of greatness", who "committed his life to to advancing justice".

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The private ceremony will be followed by a public viewing held outdoors.

Lewis was a member of the House of Representatives from Georgia's 5th District, an area which covered most of the state capital, Atlanta. He was one of the "Big Six" civil rights leaders, which included Martin Luther King Jr, and helped organise the historic 1963 March on Washington.

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