It was a somber day in Washington as Elijah Cummings remains were brought to the Capitol to lie in state. Cummings is the first African American to receive the honor. Thousands of people lined up to pay their respects. Cummings died on October 17, at age 68.
WATCH: Military honor guard escorts the body of Rep. Elijah Cummings into the US Capitol. pic.twitter.com/YhejrC1bmX
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 24, 2019
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was among those eulogizing the late Baltimore Congressmen (watch above):
“Elijah was truly a master of the House. He respected its history and in it, he helped shape America’s future. I have called him our Northstar, our guide to a better future for our children.”
Republican Mark Meadows and Cummings shared a special, across the aisle friendship and the North Carolina Congressman emphasized that today:
“Perhaps, this place and this country would be better served with a few more unexpected friendships. I know I’ve been blessed by one”
.@RepMarkMeadows on Elijah Cummings: "He had a smile that would consume his whole face, you know that, but he also had eyes that would pierce through anybody that was standing in his way."
— CSPAN (@cspan) October 24, 2019
And Senator Minority Leader Chuck Schumer added that he was “universally respected and admired in a divided time. His voice could shake mountains, stir the most cynical hearts, inspire us all to be better.”
His voice could shake mountains, stir the most cynical hearts, inspire us to be better.
His authority came from the moral force of his life.
A sharecropper’s son, born and raised in Baltimore, Elijah Cummings never lost sight of where he wanted his country to go. pic.twitter.com/MPrAMUlEe1
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) October 24, 2019
One of the most powerful tributes came from House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), the nation’s highest-ranking black official, who touted that he and Cummings’ shared roots in South Carolina, where they both grew up as “PKs — preachers kids.”
"He knew how to balance firmness & fairness. He did not speak very often in our caucus meetings but when he did it was to bring people together."
Rep. Jim Clyburn speaks at a formal Arrival Ceremony in National Statuary Hall before Chairman Cummings lies in state. pic.twitter.com/eCLGDKsakD
— The Hill (@thehill) October 24, 2019