Freedom Parkway, which connects Downtown with Ponce de Leon Avenue on the eastside of the city, will officially be renamed John Lewis Freedom Parkway at a 1 p.m. ceremony on Wednesday, Aug. 22.

The dedication ceremony will take place in the 600 block of Barnett Street, NE (behind Moe’s Southwest Grill). The new street signage unveiling will take place at the southeast corner of Freedom and Ponce. The new Freedom Riders play space, located along the PATH trail in Freedom Park, will also be officially opened.

In March 2017, the Atlanta City Council unanimously passed a resolution authored by Council member Andre Dickens and cosponsored by all council members to create a Task Force to determine an appropriate manner in which to honor U.S. Congressman John Lewis, such as renaming a street or naming or dedicating a public place such as a building, plaza, park or other similar public place.

It was determined after public deliberation and input that Freedom Parkway should be renamed to honor Lewis as a Civil Rights leader and as a U.S. House Representative for Georgia’s 5th Congressional District.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

12 replies on “Freedom Parkway to be renamed in honor of Congressman John Lewis”

  1. Well deserved!! JOHN LEWIS has served the people his entire life! It is my pleasure to k ow him and to share in his many efforts for NON VIOLENT SOCIAL CHANGE. Mayor Andrew Young and Congressman John Lewis have had a remarkable impact on my life. Peace to all.

  2. Well deserved!! JOHN LEWIS has served the people his entire life! It is my pleasure to k ow him and to share in his many efforts for NON VIOLENT SOCIAL CHANGE. Mayor Andrew Young and Congressman John Lewis have had a remarkable impact on my life. Peace to all.

  3. May your work and legacy be carried on into a brighter future towards justice and peace. May your sacrifices forge a stronger nation of equality for all. You are appreciated and deserve this recognition.
    Congratulations Congressman John Lewis

  4. May your work and legacy be carried on into a brighter future towards justice and peace. May your sacrifices forge a stronger nation of equality for all. You are appreciated and deserve this recognition.
    Congratulations Congressman John Lewis

  5. This is awesome. We are so proud of John Lewis. He represents what is good about our country and I am so happy that he will be honored in this way. Thank you for all you do for us, Representative Lewis.

  6. This is awesome. We are so proud of John Lewis. He represents what is good about our country and I am so happy that he will be honored in this way. Thank you for all you do for us, Representative Lewis.

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