Rep. John Conyers, a civil rights activist and longtime congressman, co-sponsored the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act. (Courtesy photo)
**FILE** John Conyers (Courtesy photo) Credit: Courtesy photo

The funeral service for former Rep. John Conyers Jr. will be held this weekend in his native Detroit.

Conyers, a Korean War veteran and the longest-serving African American member of Congress in U.S. history, died Sunday at age 90 at his Detroit home. The venerable Democrat, who served 53 years in the House of Representatives, built a reputation as a champion of civil rights.

Conyers’ body will lie in state at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The funeral service will be held at Greater Grace Temple at 11 a.m. Monday with family hour at 10 a.m.

Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to attend, along with several other elected officials.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Conyers’ name to the Wayne State University Law School, from which he graduated from in 1958.

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