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Nov 21, 2013 6:13 AM by AP

Civil rights leader to be honored at La. Capitol

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The body of civil rights leader Rev. T.J. Jemison will lie in repose at the Louisiana Capitol for visitation Friday.

Jemison, a longtime Louisiana pastor of Mount Zion First Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, died last week at the age of 95.

A civil rights organizer, Jemison helped coordinate the Baton Rouge bus boycott in 1953 that was a precursor to the more famous bus boycott in Montgomery, Ala., two years later.

State Sen. Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb of Baton Rouge announced the plans to honor Jemison at the Capitol. His body will lie in repose in Memorial Hall, between the House and Senate chambers, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday for people to pay their respects.

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