Atlantans stop by John Lewis mural downtown to pay tribute to late congressman

ATLANTA — Flowers, cards and candles have been placed at a growing memorial in downtown Atlanta for congressman and Civil Rights icon John Lewis. He died Friday night at 80 years old after a battle with State 4 pancreatic cancer.

Earlier Saturday, three Atlanta churches rung their bells 95 times to honor Lewis and C.T. Vivian, who both died Friday.

At the John Lewis mural off Auburn Avenue where a steady stream of people have stopped by to pay their respects while reflecting on the life and legacy of the Civil Rights icon and hero.

“John Lewis was an irreplaceable human being and it’s going to be really hard to fill that void in Atlanta and in the world,” Matthew Hutchinson said.

Hutchinson and his kids Henry and Penelope stopped by the memorial to leave flowers. He said he wanted to make sure his kids knew who Lewis was.

“We just talked about what an important life he led and how he’s an example for all of us.”


Lewis dedicated his life fighting against racism, discrimination and injustice for all. Holloway spoke with a woman who was heading to her training to be a Fulton County poll worker. She said Lewis and others civil rights leaders paved the way.

“Without John Lewis and the Civil Rights Movement, I would not be a poll worker. We would not have the freedom to vote. So remember all the successes, all of his contributions, the time with family and all the energy that John gave to the community,” she said.

Lewis taught people to be optimistic, hopeful and never be afraid to make some noise and get in “good trouble.”

“He changed the face of America. Such a great man, such a great loss,” another neighbor said.

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