Rep. John Lewis’ body will return to Atlanta from D.C. for services Wednesday

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hundreds of people honored the life and legacy of Congressman John Lewis in our nation’s capitol. Now, he’s on his way back to Atlanta.

Channel 2 Action News had a team of reporters and photographers in Washington D.C. covering the tributes to Lewis’ impact on people.

Channel 2′s Dave Huddleston was at U.S. Capitol as people stood outside in the heat to pay their respects. Huddleston spoke with several people about why they came to pay their respects.

Je’ Wesley lives in Atlanta but made trips to Selma, Alabama and Washington, D.C. for the memorials. He said it’s the least he could go for Lewis.

“He paved the way for people like me, as a black man to have some level of success in life and I just wanted to say thank you for that,” Wesley said.


Lewis’ body will stay at the Capitol until 10 p.m. and is scheduled to arrive in Atlanta Wednesday morning.

Road closures

Auburn Avenue will be closed to traffic between Boulevard and Jackson Street from 5 p.m. Wednesday until 1 p.m. Thursday. And Jackson Street will be shut down between Auburn Avenue and Irwin Street from 11 p.m. Wednesday until 1 p.m. Thursday, police said.

Here is the schedule for Lewis memorials and services in Atlanta. Channel 2 Action News will have live Team 2 coverage all day Wednesday and Thursday throughout newscasts and WSB Now stream on our free app.

Wednesday, July 29 - Atlanta


Casket of John Lewis arrives at Dobbins Air Force base


Special Ceremony

Rotunda, Georgia State Capitol

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Rep. John Lewis Lies in State

Rotunda, Georgia State Capitol

3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

8 p.m. – 8 a.m.

Open to the public. Attendees will be required to wear face and mouth coverings.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Omega Service

Rotunda, Georgia State Capitol

7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Attendees will be required to wear face and mouth coverings.



A Celebration of Life

Ebenezer Baptist Church Horizon Sanctuary

11 a.m.

Given COVID-19 precautions, this event is not open to the public. Attendees will be required to wear face and mouth coverings.


South-View Cemetery

People can post video, photos, songs, or any kind of virtual tribute to Rep. Lewis using #BelovedCommunity or #HumanDignity or leave a written tribute at www.theJohnLewisLegacy.com.