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Graves, Bishop, GA Delegation Ask Kemp to Put a Statue of John Lewis in the U.S. Capitol


Washington, July 30, 2020 -

Today, Congressman Tom Graves (R-GA-14) and Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (D-GA-02) led members of the U.S. House of Representatives' Georgia Delegation in letters to Governor Brian Kemp, Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan, and Speaker of the Georgia House David Ralston requesting they replace the statue of Alexander Hamilton Stephens with a statue of John Lewis in the United States Capitol Statuary Hall. They released the following statement:

“I can think of no better statue in the U.S. Capitol representing our state than one of John Lewis. Our nation lost a giant, and it’s up to us to work together so that John’s fight for justice and equality continues. I was glad to see Gov. Kemp signal yesterday that he agrees that John’s legacy should be honored in our nation’s Capitol for generations to come,” said Rep. Graves.     

“John Lewis’ commitment to non-violence in the pursuit of justice for all inspired millions across Georgia, America, and the world. Because of the life and activism of John Lewis, America is more fair, more just, and more kind. There is no better Georgian we could choose to represent our state in our nation’s Capitol than our beloved friend, colleague, and hero, John Robert Lewis,” said Rep. Bishop.

The letters to Governor Brian Kemp, Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan, and Speaker of the Georgia House David Ralston are linked respectively.

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