Justice Ginsburg becomes the first woman and first Jewish person to lie in state at US Capitol

Justice Ginsburg becomes the first woman and first Jewish person to lie in state at US Capitol
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg - Sala Belvedere, Villa Schifanoia/Creative Commons

To a chant of “Ready, step” as members of the military ascended the steps to the U.S. Capitol carrying her casket, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the first woman and the first Jewish person to lie in state at the Capitol Friday morning, after two days lying in repose at the Supreme Court. Ginsburg is the 34th person to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol; four people have lain in honor, the term for those who didn’t serve in government.


Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden traveled from Delaware to honor Ginsburg. Sen. Kamala Harris, the vice presidential nominee, will also visit to pay her respects.

Friday, Sep 25, 2020 · 10:11:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time · Laura Clawson

The Bidens and Harris are in attendance, and then there’s this lovely note:

Ginsburg’s casket arrived at 9:30 AM ET, before a scheduled 10:00 private service. The casket is scheduled to leave the Capitol at 12:30 PM, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to be joined by a bipartisan group of women from both the Senate and the House. MSNBC reported, though, that few of the Republican members of Congress invited to the service were in attendance.

As Ginsburg’s casket arrived, a small crowd of onlookers gathered, despite the private nature of the ceremony and lack of public viewing hours.

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

Close
alternet logo

Tough Times

Demand honest news. Help support AlterNet and our mission to keep you informed during this crisis.