Cicely Tyson’s Public Viewing to be Held at New York Church

Members of the public will be able to pay their final respects to the iconic Cicely Tyson, who passed away last week at the age of 96.

Per a statement by Tyson’s family through her manager Larry Thompson, a public viewing for the Hollywood icon will be held on February 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City.

Those planning to attend must abide by COVID-19 safety protocols, with masks and social distancing. Photography is not permitted.

Per CBS News, Tyson reportedly became a member of the Abyssinian Baptist Church 20 years ago.

“She was clearly a diva, but a diva with grace,” Rev. Calvin Butts told CBS2’s Cory James.

Butts also claims Tyson was at the church just days before her death.

“She was full of life. She looked good. She was chuckling at different things, and she was just a wonderful, wonderful lady,” he continued.

Last Thursday, Thompson confirmed the news that Tyson had passed away.

“I have managed Miss Tyson’s career for over 40 years, and each year was a privilege and blessing,” Thompson said in a statement obtained by Variety. “Cicely thought of her new memoir as a Christmas tree decorated with all the ornaments of her personal and professional life. Today she placed the last ornament, a Star, on top of the tree.”

Throughout her acclaimed career, Tyson won three Emmys, four Black Reel Awards, one Screen Actors Guild Award, one Tony Award, an honorary Academy Award, and a Peabody Award.

In November 2016, Obama awarded Tyson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the United States. Four years later, in 2020, she was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.


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