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James Brown's body arrives in Harlem for public viewing at historic Apollo Theater

James Brown's body arrives in Harlem for public viewing at historic Apollo Theater

After a long drive through the night from Georgia, the body of music legend James Brown arrived Thursday in Harlem, where thousands of fans waited to see the Godfather of Soul one last time at the Apollo Theater.
Brown's body arrived in a white hearse at the headquarters of the Rev. Al Sharpton, Brown's longtime friend, just after noon.
Pallbearers lifted his gold casket into a horse-drawn carriage for a procession through the streets of Harlem to the historic hall.
As the white carriage, pulled by two white horses, began rolling, several hundred fans sang the chorus of Brown's anthem, "Say it Loud _ I'm Black and I'm Proud."
Plans called for Brown to lie in repose from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. (1800 GMT to 0100 GMT Friday) on the stage where he made his 1956 debut and recorded a thrilling live album in 1962. A program for family and close friends was planned for 6 p.m. (2300 GMT)
Some fans arrived as early as midnight for a chance to pay their respects.


Updated : 2021-07-31 18:22 GMT+08:00