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Rep. John Lewis honored at Georgia Capitol

Wednesday evening, people lined up outside for at least a mile to pay their respects.

ATLANTA — Over the past four days, people from near and far have celebrated the life of civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis. 

His final journey began in his hometown of Troy, Alabama on Saturday, along with his final crossing of the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma on Sunday.

On Monday, he arrived in Washington D.C. for the last time. A place where he spent so many years fighting for the rights of Georgians. He laid in state through 10 p.m. Tuesday before making his way to his adopted home of Atlanta on Wednesday, arriving at Dobbins Air Reserve Base.

On his way to the Georgia State Capitol, Lewis' motorcade made stops at several landmarks in the city. 

For a full list, click here. 

Lewis arrived at the Capitol ahead of a 2 p.m. special ceremony in the Rotunda. 

A viewing went on through the evening as he lied in state at the Capitol. The public was welcome, however, attendees were required to wear face and mouth coverings. 

People lined up outside for at least a mile to pay their respects throughout the evening. 

On Thursday, his journey will conclude at his final resting place. 

One last celebration of his life will take place at 11 a.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church Horizon Sanctuary. Given COVID-19 precautions, this event is not open to the public. 

An interment will take place at the South-View Cemetery.


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