Ruth Bader Ginsburg Becomes First Woman, Jewish Person to Lie in State in U.S. Capitol

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It’s considered one of the highest honors.

“I have the high honor to welcome Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to lie in state in the Capitol of the United States,” said Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, “she does so on the catafalque built for Abraham Lincoln. May she rest in peace.”

The justice, wife, mother, and international icon becomes the first woman and first Jewish person to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol.

“As a lawyer, she won equality for women and men not in one swift victory, but brick by brick, case by case, through meticulous careful lawyering,” said Rabbi Lauren Holtzblatt.

Only 38 people – including Ginsburg – have received this honor since the practice began in 1852. Ginsburg died Sept.18 at the age of 87 after serving on the Supreme Court for 27 years.

Family, friends and dignitaries paid their final respects. Ginsburg’s personal trainer did three push ups in her honor.

President Donald Trump paid his respects on Sept. 24 by visiting the Supreme Court. He plans to announce his nominee to replace Ginsburg on Saturday, Sept. 26.

But while a new justice will eventually take her seat, no one can take Ginsburg’s place in history.