Official funeral plans released for Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth

BIRMINGHAM, AL (FOX19) - Mayor William Bell and Mrs. Sephira Shuttlesworth Friday announced the preliminary schedule for the official events surrounding the Legacy Memorial celebrations for the late civil rights icon, the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth.

Rev. Shuttlesworth passed away after a long illness in Birmingham on October 5.

The events planned will give an opportunity for the public as well as his colleagues and friends to say good-bye in a three-day celebration of his life.

The events will begin Saturday, October 22 with a memorial service at his beloved Bethel Baptist Church in the Collegeville community where he pastored from 1953 to 1961. There he will lie in state for the public to pay its respects.

On Sunday, he will lie in state at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute where the public will be invited to bid farewell. Later that day, a pastoral remembrance will take place at the historic 16th Street Baptist Church across the street from the Civil Rights Institute.

On Monday, October 24, a legacy memorial service will be held at Faith Chapel Christian Center in Birmingham. Internment will follow.

Additional details and specific times of these events will be announced at a later time.

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