Police at the Georgia state capitol estimate that as many as 10,000 mourners visited in the first two and a-half hours of the public viewing for civil rights leader Coretta Scott King.
Her casket was carried through the streets of Atlanta Saturday by a horse-drawn carriage, and was then escorted into the capitol by family members, joined by Georgia's governor and Atlanta's mayor.
Nearly 1,400 people had already lined up for the viewing before the doors were opened to the public. And despite rainy and windy weather, hundreds more continued to join the line.
One man said he wanted to be part of a historic day that he could tell his grandchildren about.
Another service was held Sunday at Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church, where Martin Luther King once preached. Atlanta's mayor told the crowd that she wouldn't be where she is today if it weren't for Coretta Scott King's example.
On Tuesday, President and Mrs. Bush are expected to attend a funeral at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta, where Mrs. King's daughter, Bernice, is a minister.
State Representative Alvin Holmes says a group from Montgomery will attend Tuesday's funeral.
"It's very important that the people in this country, both black and white, pay the appropriate tribute to Mrs. King and the part she played in the civil rights legacy," Holmes said.
Mrs. King died Monday at an alternative medical clinic in Mexico. She was being treated for terminal ovarian cancer. She was 78 years old.