Was Justice Ginsburg the First Woman To Lie in State at the US Capitol?

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The late justice was the second woman appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court and was described as a pioneer for women's rights.
The late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the first woman in American history to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol building following her death in September 2020. In homage to her 27 years spent serving on the Supreme Court, Ginsburg's remains were placed in Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 25.

Snopes readers asked us to verify the claim that Ginsburg was actually the second woman to lie in state — sometime after the remains of civil rights Activist Rosa Parks were laid in the Capitol more than a decade earlier. As it turns out, Parks was lain in honor, not in state, the differences between which we detail below.

Some background first: Ginsberg died on Sept. 18, 2020, in her Washington, D.C., home at the age of 87 of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer. Shortly after her remains were lain in state in the Capitol building, a 2005 article published by Democracy Now recirculated on the internet, in which its original authors inaccurately reported that Parks was the "first woman and second African American to lie in state."

While it is true that the remains of both Parks and Ginsburg lay in the U.S. Capitol in the District of Columbia following their deaths as a…
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