Celebration Of Life Planned for John Lewis Saturday in Troy

A wreath lays beside the John Lewis Historical Marker in Troy.
A wreath lays beside the John Lewis Historical Marker in Troy.(WTVY)
Published: Jul. 24, 2020 at 7:45 PM CDT
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TROY, Ala. (WTVY) - The family of Georgia Representative John Lewis is preparing to say one final goodbye to the civil rights figure. But not before a series of stops across the country to let his supporters pay their respects.

On Saturday, a service celebrating Lewis’ legacy will be held in Trojan Arena from 10 AM to 11 AM.

Hundreds are expected to come honor his life and his historic struggle for racial equality.

“He said ‘I wanna go to school and be somebody and make a difference.' and oh, what a difference he made,” Troy Mayor Jason Reeves says.

Martin Luther King, Jr called Lewis “the boy from Troy.” So its fitting that his hometown is the starting point of a six-day celebration in his honor.

“And the fact that you have someone of world renowned fame who lived such a remarkable life; who got their start and really their foundation here in Pike County is just a wonderful thing and something that we’re all very proud of,” Reeves said.

800 tickets for the service will be available to the public on a first come, first serve basis.

“As people come into the main parking lot, there’ll be staff out, handing out these tickets. Once they are gone, that is the maximum number we can allow into the arena due to social distancing,” Troy University’s University Relations Coordinator Clif Lusk says.

Following the service will be a viewing from 11 am to 2 pm. ...

“The university is very humbled and honored to be able to host Congressman Lewis in this way,” Lusk says.

The Pike County community is getting one final opportunity to say goodbye to an icon and civil rights hero.

“While we mourn, we also celebrate a remarkable life that not only changed this community, but communities all over the nation,” Reeves says.

Other stops during this celebration include Selma, Montgomery, and Washington D.C.

Lewis will then be laid to rest in Atlanta next Thursday.

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