Washington | A carriage drawn by two black horses was transported Sunday the body of John Lewis across the bridge of the Alabama, where the figure of the u.s. civil rights had almost overpowered in 1965 under the blows of the police.
This crossing ceremony of the bridge, Edmund Pettus, in the city of Selma, marked the second of six days of tributes to the former activist and politician, who died on the 17th of July, died of cancer at the age of 80 years.
John Lewis led the march 7, 1965 in Selma a march of several hundred peaceful activists against racial discrimination, regarded as a turning point in the civil rights struggle in the United States.
A police officer had fractured the skull of this son of sharecroppers, 25-year-old, who had kept the scar for the rest of his days.
In 2015, to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the “bloody Sunday,” John Lewis had crossed the bridge, hand in hand with Barack Obama, the first black president of the United States history.
As the protests against racism and police violence continue in several major cities of the country, calls are growing for rename to its name, this bridge, which is currently making a tribute to a confederate general and leader of the local Ku Klux Klan.
The coffin of John Lewis will be placed on Monday and Tuesday, under the dome of the Capitol of Washington, an honor reserved for the most high-profile american.
This series of celebrations will end on Thursday at Atlanta in Georgia, the State that the deceased had represented for more than thirty years in the Congress.
He will be buried after a private ceremony in the baptist church Ebenezer, where had officiated pastor Martin Luther King.