Historical marker at the childhood home of the late U.S. Representative John Lewis


TROY, Ala. (AP) — There is now a historic marker in the one-story brick home in Alabama where late Georgian civil rights leader and congressman John Lewis grew up as one of 11 children.

Lewis’ birthplace marker was unveiled in Troy on Saturday, WSFA-TV reported.

Lewis’ family said at the ceremony that they believe it is their duty to carry on their legacy and continue to create what they call “good trouble”.

“When we see something that’s not right, not right, not right – we have a moral obligation to speak up and speak up,” said nephew Jerrick Lewis.

The family established the John R. Lewis Legacy Institute to support civil rights education and engage in social justice, educational equality, and health awareness.

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Troy Mayor Jason Reeves said the house, now a historic landmark, will be part of the history of the civil rights movement in Alabama, beginning with its birthplace and ending in Montgomery.

“The fact that he’s the ‘Boy of Trojan’ and that he’s known around the world for all that he’s achieved, it’s a great sense of pride for us,” Reeves said.

Lewis, born February 21, 1940, grew up on the family farm and attended separate public schools.

In 1965, on a day known as “Bloody Sunday”, he led marchers across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, where state troopers ordered them to disperse and then attacked them.

Lewis was elected to the Atlanta City Council in 1981 and to Congress in 1986.

Her younger sister, Ethel Lewis-Tyner, told the WSFA she never thought that “in a million years” their home would be part of history.

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