The coffin with the body of civil rights icon John Lewis went on display Monday in the Capitol Rotunda in the same place where President Abraham Lincoln once was honored.
He became the first Black lawmaker to lie in state there. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi noted the significance, saying, "Under the dome of the U.S. Capitol, we have bid farewell to some of the greatest Americans in our history. It is fitting that John Lewis joins this pantheon of patriots."
Even political foes of Lewis had kind words for the late congressman. SenatorMitch McConnellsaid that "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice. But that is never automatic. History only bent toward what's right because people like John paid the price to help bend it." (The New York Times)
Monday, July 27, 2020 - 08:16 PM
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