Church prepares for Michael Brown Jr.'s funeral

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by Ruella Rouf / KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 2:36 PM

Updated Sunday, Aug 24 at 7:17 PM

FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) – The funeral for Michael Brown will be held Monday and will be open to the public. Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church is making the arrangements and a big turnout is expected.

Denise Mackey coordinates most of the large events at Friendly Temple said Pastor Michael Jones has been comforting the family of Michael Brown.

Aside from accommodating all of the family’s wishes, the church is preparing for a large crowd, seeing the amount of international attention the case has gotten. Mackey said the main sanctuary can accommodate 2,500 people. The church’s dome theater can hold an additional 1,000 people, and the multipurpose room can seat 300 to 400 people. The theater and the multipurpose room can carry live feeds of the service on large screens.

“So if the community wants to come, we can accommodate them,” assures Mackey.

Rev Al Sharpton will deliver the eulogy.

“We are working with St. Louis City Police, our internal security teams, [and] we have meetings scheduled to make sure there is full [security] coverage,” said Mackey.

Mackey said security will not be in the way.

“But we have to do what we have to do, so that everyone feels safe.”

The time for Brown’s funeral is tentatively set for 10:00 a.m. Monday, but the day and time could change. For those wanting to attend, Friendly Temple has  a large amount of parking in their five parking lots.

 

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