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Want to honor former US Sen. Hollings at the State House Monday? What you need to know

Remembering Ernest”Fritz” Hollings

Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings was a former U.S. Senator and Governor of South Carolina. Hear how he changed the history of the state in his own words.
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Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings was a former U.S. Senator and Governor of South Carolina. Hear how he changed the history of the state in his own words.

On Monday, South Carolina will mourn one of its longest-serving political figures at the State House.

The casket of former U.S. Sen. and S.C. Gov. Fritz Hollings will be on display in the lobby of the capitol from 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Here’s what you should know if you want to pay your respects.

At 10 a.m., state troopers will carry Hollings’ casket up the south steps of the State House and place it in the second-floor lobby.

Doors will open for public viewing at 10:30 a.m. Viewers will enter through the public entrance on the north side of the State House along Gervais Street.

Visitors will pass through a security checkpoint and sign a registry. The line will file up the westside staircase to file past the casket, then proceed back down the eastside staircase. The S.C. Department of Public Safety will supervise the flow of visitors.

Anyone in line at 5 p.m. will be able to view the casket, but no one will be allowed to join the line after 5 p.m.

No photography or videotaping will be allowed inside the State House.

Backpacks, electronics or metal objects should be left in vehicles.

Parking will be available in city garages, including the Park Street garage at Park and Senate streets and the Lady Street garage at Assembly and Lady streets. Metered parking is also available on Assembly and Sumter streets.

Former U.S. Sen. Ernest F. "Fritz" Hollings died Saturday, April 6, 2019, at age 97. This video shows Hollings with John F. Kennedy, Robert Mueller, Andy Griffin, Jim Clyburn and others. He was a World War II veteran, governor and U.S. Senator.

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Bristow Marchant covers politics and government for The State, with more than 10 years’ experience covering South Carolina. He won the S.C. Press Association’s 2015 award for Best Series on a toxic Chester County landfill fire, and was part of The State’s award-winning 2016 election coverage.


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