Georgia Politicians Lobbying for John Lewis Statue at US Capitol

“We honor the life of John Lewis by redoubling our work to restore the Voting Rights Act, a law achieved in part through the violence he endured in Selma, Alabama while peacefully marching for the right to vote. (Photo: U.S. Congress)

( – Even in death, John Lewis may contribute to the healing at the U.S. Capitol as his former colleagues push for a statue of the legendary congressman to be erected where one of a Confederate leader now stands.

A bipartisan measure is being sponsored in the Georgia General Assembly by state Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway, and House Speaker David Ralston, R-Blue Ridge, to replace the statue of Alexander Stephens, the vice president of the Confederacy. The Lewis statue requires the approval of Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who has already voiced support for the measure, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

“I like the idea very much,” Ralston told the AJC. “I always admired Congressman Lewis and told him so many times. Georgia has a long history, so much more than just the Civil War, and John Lewis has been an important part of that.”

“It’s the beginning of a movement that will help us move toward the realization that we’re one people, we’re one nation,” Lewis told the newspaper back in 2015, “and we have to be sensitive to our own history.”

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