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Coretta Scott King: 1927-2006

Georgia Capitol to hold public viewing for King

Associated Press
Published February 3, 2006

ATLANTA - Coretta Scott King will be given a public viewing in the rotunda of the Georgia Capitol at the governor's invitation, her family announced Thursday in a measure of how far the South has come since the civil rights era.

In a statement, the King family announced funeral plans for the widow of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that include a viewing at the Capitol on Saturday; another viewing on Monday at Ebenezer Baptist Church, King's longtime pulpit; and a funeral in suburban Atlanta on Tuesday at the 10,000-seat New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, where the Kings' youngest child, Bernice, is a minister.

King, 78, died Tuesday at an alternative medicine clinic in Mexico where she had sought treatment for ovarian cancer.

Republican Gov. Sonny Perdue's offer of a viewing at the Capitol was in contrast to what happened after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968.

Then-Gov. Lester Maddox, a fiery segregationist, refused to close the Capitol for the funeral and expressed anger over the flying of state flags at half-staff.

Perdue has ordered that all flags on state property fly at half-staff until Coretta Scott King's funeral.

The Kings have not released details about the burial. However, they may bury King at the South-View Cemetery in Atlanta, said Winifred Hemphill, the cemetery association's president.

Martin Luther King Jr.'s parents and maternal grandparents are buried there.

Martin Luther King Jr. was originally buried there but now lies in a crypt at the King Center near Ebenezer Baptist. However, the tomb is only a single-person crypt, Hemphill said.

[Last modified February 3, 2006, 01:25:14]

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