Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg broke one more barrier Friday in Washington D.C. when she became the first woman to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol.
Ginsberg died last week after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 87.
Ginsberg will lie in state in the Capitol’s rotunda. The coffin containing Ginsberg’s remains will rest upon a catafalque, which is a stand constructed to hold a casket.
The catafalque that will be used for Ginsburg’s coffin is the one that was hastily built to hold the casket of President Abraham Lincoln after his assassination in April 1865. The Lincoln catafalque (pronounced cat-a-falk) is a base of rough pine boards nailed together and covered with black cloth, according to the website of the Architect of the Capitol.
The catafalque measures 7 feet, 1 inch long, 2 feet, 6 inches wide and 2 feet high. The attached base is 8 feet, 10 inches long, 4 feet, 3½ inches wide and 2 inches high.
The Lincoln catafalque has been used for most memorial services in the Capitol. It was used in services for Rep. John Lewis in July.
While the remains of a woman have been placed in the Capitol before, civil rights activist Rosa Parks' casket was placed there in 2005, Ginsburg will be the first woman to lie in state at the Capitol.
Parks was lain in honor in the Capitol, an honor given to private citizens. Lying in state is reserved for high government officials
Here is a list of those whose bodies have rested on the Lincoln catafalque:
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