The body of James Brown will lie in state at the Apollo in New York where he first marked his place in music history in the 1960s. Brown's coffin will rest on the stage of the Apollo Theater in Harlem on Thursday with the public invited to pay their last respects to the star.
Rev. Al Sharpton, a close friend of Brown's says, "It would almost be unthinkable for a man who lived such a sensational life to go away quietly. His greatest thrill was always the lines around the Apollo Theater. I felt that James Brown in all the years we talked would have wanted one last opportunity to let the people say goodbye to him and he to the people. He used to tell me, 'There are two American originals, Elvis and me. 'Elvis is gone, and I've got to carry on.'"
A private ceremony will follow the public viewing in Brown's Augusta, Georgia, hometown on Friday. An additional public ceremony is scheduled to take place at the town's James Brown Arena on Saturday.