Visitation Services Held For Nashville Icon John Seigenthaler

Visitation Services Held For Nashville Icon John Seigenthaler

CREATED Jul 13, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Hundreds of people turned out to deliver their last respects to Nashville icon John Seigenthaler during a visitation at the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University.

Seigenthaler was known for his work as the longtime Tennessean editor and for his dedication to the civil rights movement during the John F. Kennedy administration.

The doors opened early Sunday, and it remained crowded right until the end of the visitation. Those in attendance said it was a testament to the impact of a man who helped shape Nashville.

Seigenthaler died Friday at his Nashville home at age 86. His funeral is scheduled for Monday.

Seigenthaler's casket was placed Sunday in the lobby of the center devoted to his life's work on issues of media freedom.

A blue banner inscribed with the wording of the First Amendment. A police honor guard flanked the casket.

The center's auditorium ran a collection of photos spanning Seigenthaler's career as a journalist, free speech champion and confidant and aide to the Kennedy family.

Funeral services have been scheduled for Monday at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Nashville, and will be open to the public.

NewsChannel 5 will carry the services live on NewsChannel 5 Plus and NewsChannel5.com

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)