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Tears and mourning as community remembers life of John Conyers, Jr. during public viewing

Posted: 4:34 PM, Nov 02, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-02 23:18:39-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Today and tomorrow, family, friends, policy makers, local leaders and community members are paying respects to civil rights activist and longtime Congressman John Conyers, Jr.

He lies in repose at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. He was a lifelong detroiter, U.S. Congressman and Civil Rights activist for more than half a century.

The museum was a fitting place for John Conyers, Jr.'s memorial service. It was led by the Masons, an organization of which both he and his wife were members.

In the midst of mourning, many memories were shared as people in the community arrived to pay their respects and remember the impact he had on the nation as a whole and on individual lives.

"Everyone here is just telling me different stories of how my husband helped them," said wife Monica Conyers. "It’s very touching to hear stories from actual people that he helped."