Earlier today, a horse drawn carriage carrying the casket of James Brown traveled through Harlem to the Apollo Theater, where fans had been lining up since last night to pay their respects to the Godfather of Soul. People had followed in the street, singing "Say it Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud."


The casket was carried into the Apollo for his body to lie in repose between 1PM and 8PM. (That's the Reverend Al Sharpton following the casket in the photograph below.)

Brown made his debut at the Apollo in 1956 and recorded his album, Live at the Apollo, in 1962. And Apollo historian Billy Mitchell told the AP that James Brown drew the largest crowds of anyone at the theater.


Top and bottom photographs by Mary Altaffer/AP; middle photograph by Jeff Christensen/AP