Sicily Tyson lies the church in New York; People are invited to pay their respects

Sicily Tyson lies the church in New York; People are invited to pay their respects

Admirers of Hollywood icon Cicely Tyson, who died Jan. 28 at the age of 96, will get a chance to say goodbye to her this month at the church where she worshiped in New York.

Tyson’s family Wednesday announced a public viewing of the award-winning actress and trailblazing role model at the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, where she will lie in repose on Monday (10 a.m.-6 p.m. EST). The announcement was conveyed by her longtime personal manager, Larry Thompson.

For those planning to take part in the walk-by event, COVID-19 protocols will be in place, with masks and social distancing required. Photographs will not be permitted.

A private, invitation-only viewing and memorial service will take place Tuesday at 10 a.m. EST. A private burial service, open only to immediate family, will follow.

Tyson’s long and illustrious acting career included three Emmys, a Tony award, an Oscar nomination for 1972’s “Sounder” and an honorary Academy Award bestowed 45 years later. Her memoir, “Just As I Am,” was released just before her death.

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Tyson’s death elicited sadness and appreciation from her many fans, including famous artists and public figures. Such luminaries as Viola Davis, Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey and Lenny Kravitz lovingly praised Tyson on social media as they mourned her.

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Tyson, who was born in Harlem on Dec. 19, 1924, began her acting career on the New York stage before later taking roles in television and film.

Abyssinian Baptist Church was founded in 1808 and is one of the oldest African American Baptist churches in the nation and the first in New York state, the church’s website says. Tyson can be seen speaking there on International Women’s Day in 2018.

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