NEWARK - A public viewing is being held today and tomorrow for New Jersey's first African-American member of Congress, Rep. Donald Payne.

His body will be laying in state at the Old Essex County Courthouse in Newark until 8 a.m. tomorrow. He is the first person in the state to lie at the Historic Courthouse.

U.S. senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez, as well as other officials, were on hand as the casket was taken inside.

"He represented his district so well, but not only his district, but his state and you know internationally the presence that he had in Sudan and Darfur, he's done so much in his career over 50 years of community service," said Essex County Executive Joseph Divincenzo.

Payne's funeral will be held at the Metropolitan Baptist Church on Wednesday morning. News 12 New Jersey will cover the funeral LIVE.

Payne died last week after battling colon cancer. He was 77.

NJ Rep. Donald Payne dead at 77