Palmetto Sunrise: Sen. Clementa Pinckney’s viewing

Senator Clementa Pinckney speaks on the Senate floor at the South Carolina Statehouse Tuesday June 3, 2014. Grace Beahm/Staff

COLUMBIA — The capitol building will go from buzzing to mourning today, with the public invited to participate in Sen. Clementa Pinckney viewing.

Pinckney was among the nine killed in Charleston by a gunman at Emanuel AME Church. At noon, his body will be carried by a horse-drawn caisson from Leevy’s Funeral Home on Taylor Street, traveling down Main Street to the Statehouse grounds and will arrive at the Statehouse around 12:30 p.m., according to the State Department of Law Enforcement.

SLED will not allow visitors to take any pictures or video inside of the Statehouse. To allow for a smooth flow through security, SLED is asking visitors leave backpacks and electronics in their vehicles. The viewing will take place from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Many out-of-town lawmakers spent the night in Columbia to attend the viewing.


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