City of Cleveland prepares to pay tribute to Louis Stokes

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CLEVELAND—The city is preparing to pay tribute to historic politician and Cleveland native, Congressman Louis Stokes.

Stokes, 90, will be laid to rest on Tuesday, one week after his passing.

However, everyone will have the opportunity to pay respects to the late politician on Monday at City Hall.

Starting at 7:00 a.m. Monday, people will be able to line up at the east side doors of city hall, near the Free Stamp, just off of Lakeside Avenue.

Then they will be able to head to the first floor rotunda, where his casket will be located until 5:00 p.m. for a public viewing.

City Hall’s offices will be open ‘business as usual’ during this time.

On Sunday, Fox 8 was able to get a first look at the set up for Monday’s events. Chairs were already placed in the first floor.

Cleveland leaders are working hard for the important and historic day.

The goal is for the public to have a chance to say goodbye to a man who did so much for the area in his 90 years.

Following the public viewing Monday, an 'In Appreciation' ceremony will begin promptly at 5:45 p.m., also in the rotunda.

The city is asking that anyone interested in attending should be lined up outside of city hall no later than 4:00 p.m..

The 'In Appreciation' event will feature a Kappa Alpha Psi tribute.

Remarks from Stokes’ former colleagues are also expected. In addition, Cleveland’s Mayor, Frank Jackson is expected to speak.

The funeral will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church on Quincy Avenue.

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The following traffic restrictions will be in place on Monday, August 24 beginning at 7:00 a.m.

· No parking on Lakeside Avenue from East 9th Street to Ontario Street.
· No parking on either the west or east apron of City Hall.
· Media trucks will be permitted to park on East Mall Drive.

Special needs parking will be permitted at the back entrance of City Hall near the elevators. All city employees are permitted to participate in the viewing during scheduled hours.