U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s coffin lay in a burning chapel friday at the Capitol, the first woman to be honored that way in the nation, making history again as she did in her extraordinary life.
The Genevasburg coffin, which died last week at the age of 87, was covered with the American flag in the Statue Room of the Capitol, where congressmen, armed forces officers, family and friends paid tribute to the liberal icon that changed American laws and perceptions of women in power. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, sat quietly along with other guests. Her co-partner, Senator Kamala Harris, also attended.
Harris said Ginsburg absolutely and intentionally cleared the way for women like her in civic life and called her “one of the greatest Americans.”
Mourners congregated with restrictions due to coronavirus.
President Donald Trump will announce Saturday the nominee to replace the judge, weeks before the presidential election. The confirmation hearing in the Senate is expected by October.