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John Lewis’ Casket At Edmund Pettus Bridge

July 26, 2020

There are moments in American history where no words need to be spoken.  Nothing needs to be stated as the pictures are all that is required.

That was the case today in what was a bitter-sweet memory of the life and passing of civil-rights activist and Congressman John Lewis.  He crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, for the final time.

A crowd began gathering near the bridge that became a landmark in the fight for racial justice when Lewis and other civil rights marchers were beaten there 55 years ago on “Bloody Sunday,” a key event in the fight for voting rights for Black Americans.

A horse-drawn hearse retraced the route through Selma from Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where the 1965 march began.  As the wagon approached the bridge, members of the crowd shouted “Thank you, John Lewis!” and “Good trouble” – the phrase Lewis used to describe his tangles with white authorities during the civil rights movement.

These images are never to be forgotten.

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