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Black History Month Mural Honors Rep. John R. Lewis

A mural of American politician and civil rights activist John R. Lewis (1940-2020) is hanging in the school’s foyer in honor of Black History Month. The project was initiated by parent Yvonne Deadwyler on behalf of PAATH and DISTINCT, and parent volunteers developed design ideas with Lily Pedano ’21and art teacher John Bartlett. Pedano was the main painter of the mural, with help from Billy Nunn ’21 and Katie Sullivan ’21

As a leader of the civil rights movement, Lewis was instrumental in organizing the 1963 March on Washington and the first of three Selma-to-Montgomery marches across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives for Georgia's 5th congressional district, and Tower Hill was privileged to welcome him as a Forum Speaker Series lecturer during the 2000-2001 and 2008-2009 school years. 

“We focused our work on John Lewis to commemorate his accomplishments and to honor his legacy,” Sullivan said.