The body of South Carolina political giant Ernest "Fritz" Hollings will lie in state on Monday at the South Carolina State House.

Hollings died last Saturday at the age of 97. He was governor of the state from 1959 to 1963, then served in the U.S. Senate from from 1966 to 2005. 

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If you're going to Monday event, here are a few things the South Carolina Department of Public Safety wants you to know, including that you will not be allowed to take photos inside the capitol while the viewing is taking place. 

Arrival at the State House: 10:00 a.m.: Sen. Hollings’ body will arrive from James A. McAlister Funeral Home in Charleston to the Statehouse around 10:00 a.m. on the Southside. The Senator’s body will lie in state on the second floor of the Statehouse from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Any visitors standing in line already at 5:00 p.m. will be allowed in; however, the line will be cut off at 5:00 p.m. to additional visitors. 

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Visitors: Visitors should assemble outside the Northeast visitor’s entrance. All visitors must proceed through the security checkpoint inside the visitor’s entrance. All visitors will sign a registry. From there, they will file up the Westside stair case for viewing. SCDPS’s Bureau of Protective Services (BPS) will maintain a continual flow of the line, and visitors will proceed back down the Eastside staircase and out the Northeast doors. 

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The Department of Public Safety and other law enforcement agencies will be on hand to assist the orderly flow of foot traffic into and out of the Statehouse. 


No photographs or videotaping by the public will be allowed inside the Statehouse during the viewing;

Visitors are advised to leave backpacks, electronics and other metal items in their vehicles to ensure a smooth flow through the security process;

Due to the viewing, regular Statehouse tours will be suspended throughout the day on April 15, 2019. 

Parking: There will be parking available at surrounding city garages, including Park Street garage (Park and Senate); Lady Street garage; and metered parking on Assembly Street and Sumter Street.

A funeral is planned for the following day, April 16, at 11 a.m. at the Summerall Chapel at The Citadel in Charleston, Hollings' alma mater.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina: 86 Jonathan Lucas Street, Charleston, SC 29425.