John Lewis

Nashville honors John Lewis with release of civil rights protest arrest records: ‘I almost cried’

Nashville honors John Lewis with release of civil rights protest arrest records: ‘I almost cried’

When civil rights icon John Lewis returned to Nashville this weekend, he was greeted just like he was more than 50 years ago — with a mug shot and an arrest record.

But this time, it was in a museum.

Officials in Tennessee's capital city have unearthed never-before-published photos and records documenting Lewis' arrests there decades ago while he was leading an effort to desegregate the city's lunch counters.

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry surprised Lewis with the records while he was on stage Saturday at the Nashville Public Library to receive a literary award for "March," a three-part graphic novel about his life in the civil rights...

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