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February 4, 2006 | bpfna
February 4, 2006
A crowd of hundreds gathered Saturday to honor Coretta Scott King, cheering as her body traveled through Atlanta. A horse-drawn carriage carried King's body to the state Capitol, where she became the first woman and the first black person to lie in state.
The casket was escorted into the Rotunda by King's four children, Rev. Bernice King, Martin Luther King III, Dexter King and Yolanda King, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue and his wife Mary, and Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin. "Amazing Grace" was played on bagpipe.
Gov. Perdue ordered the state flag lowered to half-staff in Coretta King's memory.
After King's body leaves the Capitol, it will lie in state most of Monday at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where her husband, the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., preached in the years before his death. The funeral service will be at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia, where her daughter, Bernice, is a minister.