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Rev. Jemison lies in repose at Capital

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BATON ROUGE - Grey and rain-filled skies hovered over pallbearers as they brought the casket of Rev. T. J. Jemison to the State Capitol building Friday.

"It's a humbling experience to see my father lying in state here at the Capitol," said Dianne Jemison-Pollard.

Mourners passed, paying respects to Jemison whose body laid motionless in repose. It's a final rest for a man who was always so full of life.

"From a young age I saw and heard so much that I knew Daddy was always out preaching," Jemison-Pollard said.

Jemison fought hard locally for civil rights. An originator of the Baton Rouge bus boycott of 1953, his ideas were used by Martin Luther King, Jr. during the famous Montgomery, Ala. bus boycott two years later.

Jemison died last week at the age of 95. He leaves behind a legacy of love, of equality, and Louisiana recognizes his accomplishments.

"It does show appreciation that citizens in BR and Louisiana have for accomplishments he did in his lifetime," Jemison-Pollard said.



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