The last farewell to John lewis, the civil rights icon who helped change America, took an emotional turn when his coffin was picked up on the Edmund Pettus Bridge.
After a brief memorial outside Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma, the procession passed through downtown Selma and then reached the famous bridge, where Lewis, 25, and others were defending the right to vote in 1965. They were brutalized by the cops and Lewis was supported. serious injuries, including a fractured skull.
Lewis returned to the bridge frequently, marking each anniversary of the confrontation.
Lewis said later in his life, “I gave some blood on this bridge. I thought I was going to die. I thought I saw death.”
The bridge has become a symbol of the civil rights movement. president obama walked across the bridge on the 50th anniversary of the brutality.
The crossing is part of a memorial spanning 5 cities that mark the life of the man his colleagues called the conscience of Congress. The tributes began Saturday in Troy, Alabama, where Lewis was born.
Congressman Lewis died on July 17 at age 80, after fight pancreatic cancer. He never slowed down.