Representative John Lewis, the congressman and civil rights figure who died on July 17, began his long journey home this weekend.
On Saturday, his friends and family remembered him at a service in Troy, Ala., where he grew up.
His brother Samuel remembered when a young John Lewis left home. “Mother told him not to get in trouble, not to get in the way,” he recalled. “We all know that John got in trouble, got in the way, but it was a good trouble.”
The memorial service, on the campus of Troy University, was the start of a series of tributes that will follow Mr. Lewis’s path through life.
On Sunday, his body will be carried across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., where he helped lead the demonstrators as they marched on March 7, 1965. He will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol on Monday and Tuesday, and on Wednesday, he will be brought to the Georgia Capitol in Atlanta. On Thursday, his funeral will be held in Ebenezer Baptist Church, an Atlanta sanctuary with deep ties to the civil rights movement.