President, First Lady to attend Kennedy Institute dedication

In this Monday, March 23, 2015 photo, a passer-by walks near the engraved name of the late U.S. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy near the main entrance to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute, in Boston. The $79 million institute is scheduled to be dedicated on Monday, March 30, 2015. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

BOSTON (AP/WPRI) — Family members say before his death from brain cancer in 2009, U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy insisted a building that would one day bear his name be less about his own legacy and more about the institution he loved.

The $79 million Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is scheduled to be dedicated in Boston on Monday at a politically star-studded event attended by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and past and present senators of both parties. It sits next to the presidential library of his brother, John F. Kennedy.

The centerpiece of the facility is a full-scale replica of the chamber where visitors can role-play as senators weighing the pressing issues of the day.

Kennedy’s widow says her husband never envisioned the institute being about one man, but the Senate as a whole.

The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Monday.

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