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Civil rights hero John Lewis crosses the Selma Bridge for the last time

Late U.S. Congressman John Lewis crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama for the last time, as memorials for the civil rights hero continue.

crowd began to gather near the Edmund Pettus Bridge that became a milestone in the fight for racial justice when Mr. Lewis and other civil rights marches were beaten there 55 years ago on “Bloody Sunday”, a major event in the fight for voting rights for African Americans.

Mr. Lewis’s body is taken to the Alabama capital in the afternoon to rest.

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The chest was carried by a horse-drawn carriage (AP / Brynn Anderson)

A series of events began Saturday at Mr. Lewis’ hometown, Troy, Alabama, in tribute to the deceased congressman and his legacy. He will be in the state of the U.S. capital next week for his private funeral on Thursday at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, which Pastor Martin Luther King Jr once led.

Born in Pike County, Alabama, Mr. Lewis became involved as a young man in the civil rights movement.

In 1965, he and other protesters were beaten in Selma. The coverage of the event helped support the adoption of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Lewis, 80, died on July 17, months after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.