T.J. Jemison to lie in repose in State Capitol on Friday

The body of the late Rev. T.J. Jemison will lie in respose Friday for the public to pay respects in the State Capitol’s Memorial Hall, Senate leadership announced Tuesday.

“This is an opportunity for the people of Louisiana to honor and pay their respects to a man of God, a civil rights icon and a man of the people,” said state Sen. Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb, D-Baton Rouge, in a prepared statement.

Jemison helped lead the first boycott of segregated seating on public buses in 1953. He was a founder the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957 and was president of the National Baptist Convention USA fomr 1982 to 1994.

The body of the civil rights and church leader will be on display in the State Capitol from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 356 East Blvd., Baton Rouge, beginning at 11 a.m.

Interment will follow at Green Oaks Memorial Park on Florida Blvd.