Rev. Jesse Jackson lays wreath at Martin McGuinness’ grave

Rev Jesse Jackson pictured at Martin McGuinness' graveside with his widow, Bernie.
Rev Jesse Jackson pictured at Martin McGuinness' graveside with his widow, Bernie.

US civil rights campaigner Reverend Jesse Jackson today made a poignant visit to the grave of Sinn Féin leader, Martin McGuinness.

Rev. Jackson was joined by Mr. McGuinness’ widow, Bernie, as he laid a wreath at the former deputy First Minister’s grave.

Sinn Fein MLA Karen Mullan, who was among those at the City Cemetery, said: “It was a great honour to welcome the Rev. Jesse Jackson to Derry today as he laid a wreath at the grave of Martin McGuinness, accompanied by Martin’s wife, Bernie, and daughter, Fionnuala.

“Rev. Jackson has played a significant role in the development of the peace process here in Ireland, but has also served as a voice for oppressed people throughout the world.

“He paid a very warm tribute to Martin McGuinness comparing his legacy to that of Dr. Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela and his kind words were very much appreciated.”