State Sen. Clementa Pinckney will be honored from 1 to 5 p.m. today when his casket will be placed for public viewing on the second-floor rotunda of the State House, between the House and Senate. Pinckney, 41, a Jasper County Democrat and popular minister, was one of nine slain in Charleston's Emanuel AME Church Wednesday.
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For those who plan to attend today’s services:
▪ Visitors should assemble outside the northeast visitors’ entrance of the State House. Visitors must go through the security checkpoint inside. Visitors will sign a registry.
▪ Visitors will file up the west-side staircase for the viewing and will file back down the east-side staircase.
▪ No photographs or videotaping will be allowed inside the State House.
▪ Water will be provided to those standing in line outside.
▪ Visitors are asked to leave backpacks, electronics and other metal items in their vehicles so they can move smoothly through security.
Regular State House tours will be suspended.
Across the street, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral will host a brief community service of prayer at noon, in partnership with the Rev. Calvin Griffin of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. The church, at 1100 Sumter St., will stay open for quiet prayer after the service until 5 p.m.