An outpouring of tributes to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg began Friday evening shortly after news broke of her death.
Hundreds of people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds were gathered outside the US Supreme Court building to mourn the death of the legendary progressive stalwart.
In emotional scenes, mourners lit flowers, sand songs, and chanted her name outside of the imposing building.
Some said the ancient Jewish prayer sequence of kaddish, while others laid flowers down outside, placed Americans flags, and wrote condolence messages on the steps to pay their respects.
Some people could be seen together in a somber embrace to commemorate the justice many regarded as a feminist icon.
“RBG” was also drawn inside a pink chalk heart in sidewalk, and flags outside the court flew at half staff.
Others in the crowd could be seen waving LGBTQ flags in an evident nod to Ginsburg’s championing of equality and civil rights.
One of the signs left on the steps of the Supreme Court quoted Ginsburg, saying: “I would like to be remembered as someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability”. The sign was punctuated with a “Thank You” and “RIP”.
Another sign, lit by a wax candle simply read: “Thank You RBG”.
A solid minute of applause breaks out as mourners gather to pay tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the steps of the Supreme Court. pic.twitter.com/Dt0Y6a8IeK— Mike Balsamo (@MikeBalsamo1) September 19, 2020
At one point, the gatherers broke out into an applause for a full minute to pay tribute.
Ginsburg died on Friday at the age of 87 following a long bout with metastatic pancreatic cancer.