Thousands pay respects to King at church where her husband preached

ATLANTA (AP) - Thousands of mourners are silently filing through a church in Atlanta, where the body of Coretta Scott King lies in honor.

Flowers blanket the lower half of the casket, and wreaths stand on either side. They're decorated with roses, King's favorite flower.

Officials say at least six-thousand people have passed through the Ebenezer Baptist Church. King's children entered around noon, as did Oprah Winfrey.

People have lined up for blocks outside the church's historic sanctuary, some waiting for hours in freezing rain.

Workers are expected to erect a temporary, marble mausoleum for King today near that of her late husband, Martin Luther King. It will be used until a structure identical to the slain civil rights leader's can be built.

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