Rep. John Lewis to Receive Prestigious Lincoln Medal
The executive committee of the Board of Trustees of Ford's Theater evaluates candidates and determines who will receive the medal. As the nation nears the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth, the committee was seeking candidates who "illuminate or reflect Lincoln's legacy of leadership, service, humanity, wisdom, eloquence, and vision in their body of work and accomplishments or personal attributes."
Congressman Lewis is being honored, "for his dedication to protecting human rights and civil liberties and valiant efforts to perpetuate the ideals and national vision espoused by President Lincoln."
"Congressman Lewis's lifelong dedication to peace and justice," said Ford Theater's Producing Director Paul Tetreault," serves as a model on what it means to truly be a public servant-his strength of purpose and commitment to civil rights brings Lincoln's ideals and legacy to life."
Ford's Theater is the site of the assassination of the16th president, Abraham Lincoln. The theater is managed by the National Park Service and has been preserved to retain its historic significance. Though a national historic site, it still hosts contemporary plays today and is a popular Washington tourist destination.