Under a bipartisan resolution introduced Wednesday. A statue of the late congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis would replace Alexander Stephens, a slave owner and vice president of the Confederacy, in the U.S. Capitol.
Lewis served as a congressman for 33 years. The resolution is sponsored by Georgia state Rep. Al Williams, a Democrat, and has the Republican Georgia House Speaker David Ralston’s backing. The majority of Georgia’s congressional delegates signed a letter asking Kemp, Ralston, and Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan to replace Stephen’s statue with a statue of Lewis.
Each state is represented by two statues in the U.S. Capitol building. Stephens has been on display as one of Georgia’s statues since 1927.