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Askew honored in Tallahassee today


People are paying their respects to former Florida Governor Reubin Askew today.

A hearse carrying Askew's coffin arrived at the historic capitol this morning just before 10 a.m. His remains will lie in state until 6 p.m. tonight. The former governor and his family were met by current governor Rick Scott, the state cabinet, and legislative leaders. Hundreds of mourners are expected to pay their last respects. One of them, retired justice Joseph Hatchett.

He was appointed by Askew and was the first African American appointed to Florida's supreme court. The judge says askew had the courage to lead.

"Leadership and courage. He had the courage to take on new issues and push the state forward. And once he started doing that, there were other good people who joined him."

With Askew's help, Justice Hatchett went on to become the first African American elected statewide when he sought re-election to the supreme court 15 months after his appointment. A memorial service for Governor Askew is scheduled at a Tallahassee church on Wednesday.

Askew will then be buried with full military honors in Pensacola on Friday.