Members of Congress, a former president and former secretary of state are among the dignitaries expected to turn out at the Eastman Theater in the Friday morning to say goodbye to Rep. Louise Slaughter. The LIVE STREAM from our news partner, News10NBC is available here.
Members of Congress, a former president and former secretary of state are among the dignitaries expected to turn out at the Eastman Theater in the Friday morning to say goodbye to Rep. Louise Slaughter.
She died last Friday after falling at her home in Washington, D.C. the week before.
Her funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m.
Plans have been under way all day in preparation of a celebration of her life and service.
Areas around the Eastman Theatre will be affected starting at 3 a.m. U.S. We do know that Secret Service was taking a look around the area.
"I would say this is anything but atypical event at Kodak Hall in Eastman Theatre,” said Jamal Rossi, Dean of Eastman School of Music.
Most of the work at the Eastman Theatre has centered on getting the hundreds of people expected in and out of Kodak Hall smoothly.
"I believe, because of the impact she's had not only in this community, but the nation, we can expect a full house in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater,” Rossi said. “We'll also be simulcasting to Kilbourn Hall and Hatch Recital Hall."
In all, 4,000 people are expected to celebrate the life and service of the late Congresswoman. Gibbs and Swan Streets will close Friday morning at 3 a.m. East Main Street will close in the areas at 7:30 a.m.
The Eastman Theatre informed businesses on Gibbs Street to be prepared for the crowd. Java's, which is right next door, scheduled an extra worker and talked about a plan.
“We are a busy cafe,” said Amy Luala, manager at Java’s. “We're always busy, so we are very used to it. Tomorrow is going to be a little different, and we definitely have prepared and have all talked about it.”
City of Rochester leaders are encouraging people to use downtown garages. The East End Garage will be free from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
If you cannot attend, you can watch Rep. Slaughter’s funeral live on our news partner, News10NBC's station and on the LIVE STREAM at WHEC.com.