Former D.C. Councilmember Jim Graham laid in repose at Wilson building

Jim Graham, 71.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Friends, family, and colleagues of former Ward 1 D.C. Councilmember Jim Graham paid their respects to him on Friday as his body laid in repose inside the John A. Wilson building.

“Jim is really a legend in our city,” said Ward 2 D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans, who knew Graham for over 30 years. “Best known, I would say, for his caring for people who were less fortunate. He spent a lot of time I think because of his background at Whitman-Walker.”

Graham passed away on June 11 at the age of 71. He served as the Ward 1 councilmember from 1999 to 2015.

Prior to that, he served as Executive Director for the Whitman-Walker Clinic, a health clinic for the LGBTQ community, and helped respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic when it began in the city.

“He was a very practical, logical, solid voice in how to make this a better community for the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, and transgendered community,” said Tom Bower, who worked with Graham at the clinic.

Graham’s coffin was draped in a rainbow flag in recognition of his work for the LGBTQ community and as a member of it.

Attendees were encouraged, and many did, wear bowties in honor of Graham’s iconic look.

Graham’s funeral will be held Saturday at the All Souls Unitarian Church. Viewing will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the service at 12 p.m.