Petition to rename Alabama bridge after Rep. John Lewis resurfaces

Posted at 3:49 PM, Jul 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-18 16:50:51-04

A petition to rename an iconic Selma, Alabama bridge after Representative John Lewis has resurfaced.

The petition now has more than 400,000 signatures.

Lewis marched across Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965 on what's now known as "Bloody Sunday."

Law enforcement beat him and other civil rights marchers during that demonstration.

The bridge is currently named after a Confederate general and KKK leader.

“It’s far past time to rename the Edmund Pettus Bridge after Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights icon that nearly gave his life on that bridge,” said Michael Starr Hopkins, the petition creator. “Edmund Pettus was a bitter racist, undeserving of the honor bestowed upon him. As we wipe away this country's long stain of bigotry, we must also wipe away the names of men like Edmund Pettus.”

Lewis, a civil rights icon, died Friday at the age of 80 after a battle with cancer.

To view the petition, click here.