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Troy University Dedicates Building to John Lewis

History was made on Troy University’s campus, as a building once named after a Ku Klux Klan member, was renamed after a man who was denied admission because of his race. On Friday, Nov. 13, the John Robert Lewis Hall was officially opened for business. Previously named after former governor of Alabama, Bibbs Graves, Troy’s Board of Trustee’s decided to…

Troy University to Rename Bibb Graves Hall After Late Rep. John Lewis

Bibb Graves Hall to be renamed John Robert Lewis Hall/Source: Alabama News Network The Troy University Board of Trustees announced Wednesday morning that it will rename one of its main buildings on campus. The board voted unanimously to rename Bibb Graves Hall after civil rights icon and late U.S. Representative John Lewis. The building will now be called John Robert…

Former MPD Chief Reflects on Friendship with Congressman John Lewis

On the day the world says a final goodbye to Congressman John Lewis, the Chief Deputy of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is remembering the special friendship he had with the late civil rights icon. In 2013, when Kevin Murphy was Montgomery’s Police Chief he formally apologized to Congressman John Lewis for MPD’s actions during the attack on the Freedom…

Three Former President Speak at John Lewis’ Funeral

Three former presidents (Bill Clinton, George Bush, & Barack Obama) are in attendance at John Lewis’ funeral as he is mourned, revered and celebrated as an American hero at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. The private funeral began Thursday morning after nearly a week of mourning that took him from his birthplace in Alabama to the nation’s capital of Washington…

Body of Rep. John Lewis Makes Final Journey Across the Edmund Pettus Bridge

  This morning, a caisson bearing the body of Rep. John Lewis crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, as people in the city said goodbye to the civil rights icon who helped change the course of the nation. Today’s journey began at the historic Brown Chapel AME Church, where many events of the civil rights movement of the 1960s…

Gov. Ivey Orders Flags to Fly at Half-Staff Honoring Congressman Lewis

Governor Ivey is ordering flags to be flown at half-staff this weekend to honor the life of U.S. Congressman John Lewis. The flags will fly at half-staff from sunrise on Saturday, July 25 to sunrise on Monday, July 27. Starting Saturday, a six-day Celebration of Life ceremonies will begin in Troy, with stops that include Selma and Montgomery. Rep. Lewis…

Celebration of Life Events Announced for Congressman John Lewis

The family of civil rights icon and congressman John Lewis has released details of the Celebration of Life ceremonies that are set to begin Saturday in Troy. A service celebrating “The Boy from Troy” will be held on the campus of Troy University inside Trojan Arena at 10:00AM Saturday. The ceremony is open to the public, but seating is limited….

Sister of John Lewis Speaks to Alabama News Network about His Death

Alabama News Network has spoken to Rosa Tyner, the youngest sister of U.S.  Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia), who died Friday at the age of 80. Lewis, who was a native of Troy, was severely beaten on Bloody Sunday in Selma in 1965 and leaves a legacy of fighting for civil rights. “I prayed to God for him to spare him,…

Mayor Steven Reed Releases a Statement Regarding the Passing of John Lewis

Following the death of civil rights icon, John Lewis, Montgomery Mayor, Steven Reed has released a statement reflecting on Lewis’ life saying in quote: “Our nation and our community have lost a giant. From his humble roots in Pike County, John Lewis rose to become a titan of courage and conscientiousness. His was the voice of righteousness as he bravely, repeatedly…

Bloody Sunday in Selma Shaped the Life of Rep. John Lewis

John Lewis of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee is put on the ground by Alabama State troopers while Hosea Williams runs as state troopers break up civil rights voting march at the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma, Alabama. (AP Photo) John Lewis saw the line of Alabama state troopers a few hundred yards away as he led hundreds of marchers to…