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Visitations and marches held a day ahead of Andrew Brown Jr. funeral

Published: May. 2, 2021 at 3:20 PM EDT
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ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WITN) - Family and friends of Andrew Brown Jr. gathered for visitation earlier Sunday at the Horton’s Funeral Home and Cremations chapel at 509 Dobbs St. in Hertford.

A public viewing followed at The Museum of the Albemarle at 501 S. Water Street, Elizabeth City, while a march led by Brown’s family was going on.

The crowd stopped at the home where Brown died and listened to his aunt, Lille Brown Clark, thank them for honoring Brown’s memory and starting a movement in Elizabeth City.

“It cannot be said that Elizabeth City showed any disrespect for this ... because you have not,” Clark said. “You have blessed us, you have blessed this family that you have stayed the course all week. And I have to commend you thank you praise you and I thank God for you. You have been relentless.”

Andrew Brown Jr.’s youngest daughter led chants for a stretch of the march and yelled for her father alongside her family.

Brown’s body was at the auditorium of the museum on Sunday afternoon where several people came to show their support after two weeks of protests and demanding justice in his shooting death.

Councilman Gabriel Adkins said the community is still hurting but this weekend is about supporting Brown’s loved ones.

“This is about Andrew Brown,” Adkins said. “It’s about getting justice for Andrew Brown. That is why we’re here, that is why all of this is going on. We’re here in the community, our city has never seen anything like this before and we just want justice for Andrew Brown, his family, his children, and for our citizens to come back together as a community.”

Maribale Jackson, of Edenton, came to visit with her husband to stand in solidarity with someone who has lost a loved one.

“The country is so divided now along racial lines, I think that sad opportunities like this give us a reason to come together, particularly people of different races, I think it’s very important.”

Apostle Henry Jackson, who’s a faith leader, said he came to encourage the family.

“I tell them to be resilient, vigilant and stand still and let God fight the battle and justice shall prevail,” Jackson said.

Juanita Lebarron, who’s lived in Elizabeth City for more than 60 years, knew Andrew Brown Jr. and his family who she described as “well-known,” and “well-liked.”

Lebarron said she was shocked when she found out Brown was killed and couldn’t believe what happened but said she’ll continue to pray for the family and show her support.

On Monday, the invite-only funeral will take place at noon at the Fountain of Life Church in Elizabeth City.

Reverend Al Sharpton will deliver the eulogy at Brown’s funeral. Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump, and members of Brown’s family will also deliver remarks. Family members of George Floyd and Eric Garner will be in attendance.

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