Jemison lies in repose at State Capitol

The body of the late Rev. T.J. Jemison lay in respose for the public to pay last respects to the civil rights pioneer in the State Capitol’s Memorial Hall on Friday.

“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 Baton Rouge in 1953. He was a founder the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957 and was president of the National Baptist Convention USA from 1982 to 1994.

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

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