Public viewing, ceremony today for former congressman Louis Stokes

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- People are gathering today to remember a man who helped shape the political world in Cleveland.

Former Congressman Louis Stokes passed away last week at the age of 90 after battling cancer.

Stokes will be laid to rest on Tuesday, one week after his passing. However, everyone will have the opportunity to pay respects today at City Hall.

People are lining 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 p.m. for a public viewing.

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

Following the public viewing today, 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 p.m..

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

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

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

*Click here for more on funeral arrangements*

The following traffic restrictions are in place today:

· 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.

Fox 8 News will be broadcasting LIVE throughout the day from the City Hall area. You can also watch live video of the 5:45 p.m. 'In Appreciation' ceremony right here on

*Read more on Louis Stokes here*