Barry, resilient ex-mayor of Washington, eulogized as 'freedom fighter'

Mourners view former Washington DC Mayor Barry's casket at Wilson Building in WashingtonBy Lacey Johnson WASHINGTON, D.C. (Reuters) – Thousands of mourners gathered in downtown Washington on Saturday to bid farewell to Marion Barry, known as the capital district’s “mayor for life” after serving four terms in office between 1979 and 1999 that were marred by scandal. “He never stopped working. He never stopped serving … and that’s why the people loved him,” said civil rights activist Reverend Jesse Jackson, who delivered Barry’s eulogy. “His name is on the honor roll of freedom fighters,” said Jackson. “The man helped emancipate Washington.” The four-hour event at the Walter E. …

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