Today begins almost a full week dedicated to the remembrance of one of Maryland’s most colorful political personalities. Former Governor William Donald Schaefer will be honored both in Annapolis and Baltimore this week before his funeral Wednesday.
The events begin Monday morning with a public viewing at the State House in Annapolis. Governor Martin O’Malley will greet the casket at 9:30 a.m. at the State House steps and then accompany it to the rotunda, where Schaefer will lie in state. The rotunda will then be open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Anyone wishing to pay their respects can line up at the front entrance to the State House, opposite Lawyer’s Mall, and should arrive no later than 1:00 p.m.
Following his public viewing, Schaefer’s body will travel by motorcade to Baltimore. Police do not expect any road closures, but will travel Route 50, I-97 and I-695, so drivers should be aware of possible delays.
The motorcade will then tour Baltimore, traveling through several neighborhoods and past several landmarks from Schaefer’s life, including his childhood home, the Inner Harbor and Camden Yards.
His body will then lie in state at Baltimore City Hall from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. tonight and 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday. His funeral service is scheduled for Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Old St. Paul’s Church in Baltimore. His final resting place will be at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Hunt Valley.