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Mourning of Marion Barry continues with lengthy processional, community memorial service

  • A casket containing the remains of former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry sits in the front lobby of the John A. Wilson Building, the District's city hall, where Barry spent 16 years as mayor and another 16 years on the D.C. Council, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in Washington. Barry died Nov. 23 at age 78. His remains were brought to the Wilson Building Thursday morning to lie in repose for 24 hours before a funeral procession and two memorial services. (AP Photo/Ben Nuckols)

    A casket containing the remains of former District of Columbia Mayor Marion Barry sits in the front lobby of the John A. Wilson Building, the District's city hall, where Barry spent 16 years as mayor and another 16 years on the D.C. Council, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, in Washington. Barry died Nov. 23 at age 78. His remains were brought to the Wilson Building Thursday morning to lie in repose for 24 hours before a funeral procession and two memorial services. (AP Photo/Ben Nuckols)  (The Associated Press)

  • District of Columbia police officers carry the casket of former Mayor Marion Barry up the steps of the John A. Wilson Building in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, to be greeted by Mayor Vincent Gray and D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson. Barry died Nov. 23 at age 78. His remains were to lie in repose at the Wilson Building, the District's city hall, for 24 hours. (AP Photo/Ben Nuckols)

    District of Columbia police officers carry the casket of former Mayor Marion Barry up the steps of the John A. Wilson Building in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, to be greeted by Mayor Vincent Gray and D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson. Barry died Nov. 23 at age 78. His remains were to lie in repose at the Wilson Building, the District's city hall, for 24 hours. (AP Photo/Ben Nuckols)  (The Associated Press)

District of Columbia residents are mourning their "Mayor for Life."

A casket bearing the remains of Marion Barry was driven around the city in a lengthy processional Friday. Most of the route was east of the Anacostia River in southeast Washington, the section of the District where Barry lived. Barry also represented that portion of the city on the D.C. Council.

The processional lasted more than three hours. A five-hour public viewing was to follow at a church.

On Friday evening, the Rev. Al Sharpton will deliver a eulogy for Barry at a community service hosted by the church.

Barry's official memorial service will be held Saturday at the Washington Convention Center, where the Rev. Jesse Jackson will deliver the eulogy. Barry died last month at age 78.