John Lewis Honored With Statue at Opening of Atlanta’s Rodney Cook Sr. Park

Adolf, Samuel, and Henry Lewis stand by the statue of the late Congressman John Lewis at Rodney Cook Sr. Park in Vine City in Atlanta, GA., on Wednesday, June 7, 2021. (Photo/ Jenn Finch for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

The Lewis brothers, as they generally are, were quiet.

Samuel and Henry Lewis, the younger brothers of the late John Lewis, just watched as dozens of people, including Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and Ambassador Andrew Young, scrambled to get their photos taken in front of a massive statue of the congressman that harkened the opening of the new Rodney Cook Sr. Park in Vine City.

“All I can say is wow,” Henry Lewis finally said, looking at the crowd and then the statue.

Watching his brother search for words, Samuel Lewis, wearing a “Good Trouble” hat, asked Henry Lewis what their father, Eddie, a sharecropper who in 1944 took $300 in savings and purchased 110 acres of Alabama dirt to make a home for his family, would say at this moment.

“That’s my boy,” Henry Lewis said.

“Yes,” agreed Samuel. “That’s my boy.”

Just 10 days before the one-year anniversary of the passing of John Lewis, another rung to his legacy was filled with the unveiling of his statue at the new 16-acre Cook Park in Atlanta’s Westside on Wednesday.

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SOURCE: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Ernie Suggs