Thousands of people gathered at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York's Harlem district on Sunday (9 April) to pay their last respects to the controversial former black congressman, Adam Clayton Powell.
MV Mourners in Church, widow in centre, during hymn signing PAN TO flower-covered coffin.
TV Congregation during prayers led by Rev.Nickerson.
SV PAN from police guard to coffin carried from church and into hearse.
SV Widow and relatives into car (2 shots)
SV Lindsay out of church and shakes hands with ministers and surrounded by crowd (2 shots)
MOURNERS IN CHURCH-INCLUDING WIDOW: PRAYERS LED BY REV. DANIEL NICKERSON (PRESIDENT OF BAPTIST MINISTERS CONFERENCE: COFFIN CARRIED OUT OF CHURCH: NEW YORK MAYOR JOHN LINDSAY LEAVING CHURCH AFTER SERVICE.
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Background: Thousands of people gathered at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York's Harlem district on Sunday (9 April) to pay their last respects to the controversial former black congressman, Adam Clayton Powell.
Powell died in Miami on Tuesday (4 April) when complications developed after an operation. He was 63.
Adam Clayton Powell served ten terms in the United States Congress - but ran afoul of fellow congressmen for the alleged misuse of funds. His political career ended in 1970 when he filed to win the Democratic nomination to represent Harlem.
Adam Clayton Powell is credited with playing a large part in the fight for racial equality in the United States - and helped many of President Johnson's Civil Rights Bills through Congress.
SYNOPSIS: A funeral service in the heart of New York's Harlem district for the former black congressman, Adam Clayton Powell. His widow led the thousands of mourners who gathered at the Abyssinian Baptist Church on Sunday.
Powell was among the most flamboyant black leaders in the United States in recent years - and he served ten terms in congress.
Prayers during the service were read by the President of the Baptist Ministers Conference, the Reverend Daniel Nickerson. The congregation included many friends and admirers of Adam Clayton Powell who was once expelled form Congress for the alleged misuse of funds.
A loss of faith by his own electors in Harlem saw the end of Powell's political career in 1970 when he failed to win the Democratic nomination to represent the district.
More people waited outside the church as the coffin was carried to a waiting hearse.
From here the body was taken to a local crematorium and later the ashes of Adam Clayton Powell were to be scattered on Bimini Island in the Bahamas, where he had his home. Mournes at the service were asked to send contribution to the Adam Clayton Powell Scholarship Fund for the Youth of Harlem.
Comfort and condolences for Mrs. Adam Clayton Powell as she is escorted from the church.
New York's Mayor, John Lindsay, was among dignitaries attending the service