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Edwin Edwards to lie in state Saturday at the Louisiana Capitol

By: - July 15, 2021 6:14 pm

Former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, 93, who served four terms as governor of Louisiana. In this file photo from 2014, the 86-year-old Edwards announces his run for U.S. Congress at the Belle of Baton Rouge Hotel in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Edwards spent eight years in prision following a felony conviction arising from the licensing of riverboat casinos in his fourth term as Governor. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

BATON ROUGE – Former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards, who died Monday at age 93, will lie in state Saturday in the Memorial Hall of the Louisiana Capitol, according to a news release from the Louisiana Legislature. 

Public viewing is available from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m..  From 10 a.m. to noon, Louisiana Public broadcasting will stream the service live and provide a broadcast. The Edwards family asks that no photographs or video be taken at the viewing.

A processional will start Sunday at noon, bringing Edwards to the Old State Capitol in a horse-drawn carriage, escorted by a law enforcement motorcade and the Southern University Marching Band. 

After the processional, a private funeral for family and invited guests will be held before Edwards is laid to rest in a private burial at Resthaven Cemetery.

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Rachel Mipro
Rachel Mipro

Rachel Mipro is a contributing reporter to the Illuminator. She has previous experience at WBRZ and The Reveille and earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Louisiana State University. At LSU, she worked as an opinion editor for The Reveille and as a nonfiction editor for the university’s creative writing journal. In her free time, she enjoys baking, Netflix and hiking.