Briefs, Civil Rights

Online petition to rename Edmund Pettus Bridge in honor of John Lewis

John Lewis

More than 120,575 people so far have signed an online petition calling for the renaming of the Edmund Pettis Bridge, located in Selma, Alabama, where U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D., Georgia) was nearly beaten death as a student activist in 1965.

Lewis, then a leader in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) marched with others who attempted to walk across the bridge from Selma to Montgomery, but they were beat back police and vigilantes with billy clubs.

Lewis was nearly beaten to death in the march called “Bloody Sunday.” The bridge is named after Edmund Pettis, a Confederate officer, a slave owner and a leader in the Alabama Klu Klux Klan.

Sparked by the police murder of George Floyd, activists are calling for the removal of Confederate figures because they consider them traitors.

“Edmund Pettis was a bitter racist, undeserving of the honor bestowed upon him,” said one supporter of the name change.



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