Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton will reportedly be in attendance at the funeral of late Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., along with former Vice President Joe Biden.
Lewis’ funeral will be held at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, the church once led by Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. With multiple presidents in attendance, first reported by CBS 46, security will be tight, with a heavy Secret Service presence.
Other elected officials are expected to attend the service, which will begin at 11 a.m.
Lewis, a congressman for 33 years and civil rights icon, lay in state at the U.S. Capitol from Monday until Wednesday, where lawmakers and the public were able to pay their respects.
On Wednesday, he was brought to Atlanta to lie in repose at the Georgia State Capitol where residents can view his casket from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. His body will remain in the Capitol until Thursday when it will be transported for the funeral.
During a private service on Wednesday, Gov. Brian Kemp and Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms spoke in praise of the late congressman’s life work.
Presidents Trump and 95-year-old Jimmy Carter will be the only living presidents not in attendance at the Lewis funeral. But last week Trump tweeted condolences for Lewis, calling him a “civil rights hero.” “Saddened to hear the news of civil rights hero John Lewis passing. Melania and I send our prayers to he and his family,” Trump tweeted. He later told reporters he would not be visiting Lewis’ casket at the Capitol.
Lewis was no fan of Trump. He sparked a boycott of his inauguration in 2017 and said the president-elect was not a “legitimate president.” Lewis said Russians destroyed the candidacy of Hillary Clinton and helped Trump win the election.
The Georgia Democrat died at 80 last week after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Lewis was already a major civil rights figure by the time he made it to the House in 1987: In 1961, he was one of the original 13 activists who participated in the Freedom Rides, and in 1963, he was one of the keynote speakers at the historic March on Washington. His death provoked a bipartisan outpouring of condolences.