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Thousands bid farewell to Washington's 'mayor for life'

Vendors stand next to t-shirts bearing the image of former Washington Mayor Marion Barry at the Washington Convention Center during his memorial service on December 6, 2014Thousands gathered Saturday for a joyful final farewell to Washington’s “mayor for life” Marion Barry, remembering him more for his civic service than his infamous brush with crack cocaine. The popular and controversial Mississippi sharecropper’s son turned civil rights activist who served four terms as mayor of the US capital died November 23 at the age of 78. Three days of events marking his outsized life culminated Saturday with a four-hour memorial service at Washington’s convention center, followed by a private burial under dark gray skies. Thursday saw Barry lying in state in the Wilson Building, Washington’s city hall.

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