John Lewis crosses Edmund Pettus Bridge on Selma for the last time on Sunday, as the civil rights hero memorials continue.
this coffin will be carried in a procession across the Selma Bridge, where he and other civil rights activists were beaten 55 years ago on “Bloody Sunday,” a major event in the struggle for African American voting rights.
He will be in the Alabama Capitol in the state on Sunday afternoon.
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 U.S. Capitol state next week for his private funeral at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, led by Reverend Martin Luther King Jr on Thursday.
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 strengthen support for the adoption of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
Mr. Lewis’s family has asked members of the public not to travel from all over the country to pay their respects. Instead, they suggested that people pay a virtual tribute online using the hashtags #BelovedCommunity or #HumanDignity.
Mr. Lewis died on July 17 at the age of 80, just months after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.