Vice President Joe Biden to pay respects at Louis Stokes’ funeral

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CLEVELAND -- Vice President Joe Biden will be among the hundreds of people on Tuesday at the funeral of Louis Stokes.

Stokes’ funeral will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church on Quincy Avenue. The funeral is open to the public; however, the burial afterwards is private.

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On Monday, underneath the American flag, a steady stream of people - the powerful as well as the powerless - paid their respects to the congressman as he lay in state inside the rotunda of Cleveland City Hall.  Stokes died last week at the age of 90 after a battle with cancer.

A boy from the projects of Cleveland, he rose to become the first African-American elected from Ohio to Congress.

He spent thirty years there, but never forgot where he came from.

"He is so proud of this city," said his youngest daughter, Lori.

Among those paying his respects today was former Congressman Dennis Kucinich.

"He was all about Cleveland," Kucinich said.

Rep. Marcy Kaptur also paid her respects, and recalled Stokes as a man who wanted to
get things done in the Congress.

"He was a workhorse, not a show horse," she said.

And now his great work is over. And the turnout of so many people shows just what an impact he had.

"This is, in many ways," says Lori Stokes, "a celebration of my father's life. "

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