A woman waves an American Flag as she looks on at the casket of John Lewis outside the US Capitol
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A woman waves an American Flag as she looks on at the casket of John Lewis outside the US Capitol
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Now that the beloved civil rights icon and Georgia congressman has been laid to rest, GPB News takes a look back on his final journey from his boyhood home in Troy, Alabama, to one last crossing of the Edmund Pettus bridge with stops at the Alabama Capitol and the nation’s Capitol along the way, before heading back to Georgia for his service at historic Ebenezer Baptist Church.

 

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Video edit by GPB's Jesse Jung

 

 

"The life of John Lewis was, in so many ways, exceptional," said former President Barack Obama in his eulogy for the late American icon. "It vindicated the faith in our founding, redeemed that faith; that most American of ideas; that idea that any of us ordinary people without rank or wealth or title or fame can somehow point out the imperfections of this nation, and come together, and challenge the status quo, and decide that it is in our power to remake this country that we love until it more closely aligns with our highest ideals. What a radical ideal. What a revolutionary notion. This idea that any of us, ordinary people, a young kid from Troy can stand up to the powers and principalities and say no this isn't right, this isn't true, this isn't just. We can do better." 

For a complete look at our John Lewis coverage click here