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The day after Muhammad Ali is laid to rest, many gather by his grave to pay respect

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The day after Muhammad Ali is laid to rest in Louisville, many gather by his grave to pay respect.

“This is just great and suitable and I'm just waiting to see what kind of tomb stone is going to be put out here for the greatest of all time,” Muhammad Ali fan, Henry Tyson said.

Muhammad Ali had very precise wishes: to be buried at the historic Cave Hill Cemetery in his hometown where he learned to box, built a museum and has a street named after him. He never forgot where he came from.

Dozens and dozens of people traveled dozens and dozens of miles to see the plot that Muhammad Ali chose himself.

“Roughly about 8 and a half hours,” Tyson said.

“About 5 hours,” Muhammad Ali fan, Lana Bowers said. “To say goodbye to an icon I mean, he did a lot.”

Some came for the day, some came for the weekend and others came for the week.

“[It was] quite the journey. [It was] very tiring, but worth it,” Adam Shabbir said.

Shabbir came from London to be able to pray over Muhammad Ali's grave.

“Very much a prayer for him to bless his soul and pray that he's in a better place,” Shabbir said.

He took his shoes off, raised his hands and lowered his head.

“It's a sign of respect. When you go into a mosque, you take your shoes off. [It’s] similar," Shabbir said.

The grave is a memorial of photos, gold and red flower pedals and butterfly balloons.

“He floated like a butterfly, and stung like a bee,” Tyson said.

A tent is assembled over the plot to provide shade for the visitors to come and reflect on their favorite memories of the great boxer.

“For me, it's really inspirational because he didn't back down. [During] times when he could have backed down and not said anything, he stood up and he spoke out,” Tyson said.

“When I was little that's one thing we did. If there was a Saturday night fight, you watched it with your dad,” Bowers said.

If you'd like to visit the site, Muhammad Ali is buried in section U a little less than a mile inside the gates. Cave Hill Cemetery is open every day from 8 a.m. until 4:45 p.m. For a link to the site, click here.

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