ATLANTA — Sources have confirmed to 11Alive that three former Presidents will attend the funeral services celebrating the life of Congressman John Lewis.
President Obama is set to deliver the eulogy for Lewis during the Thursday morning services at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church. Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush are also expected to be in attendance.
The private service for Lewis' will take place at 11 a.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church Horizon Sanctuary. Given the COVID-19 pandemic and precautions, the event is not open to the public. An interment will take place at the South-View Cemetery following the service.
With the three former presidents in attendance, security is expected to be extremely tight in the area. Between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., several roads near the church will be closed, including the following: Boulevard NE, Irwin Street, Edgewood Avenue and Jesse Hill Jr. Drive.
Lewis, a civil rights icon, died July 17, 2020 after serving serving the people of the 5th district of for 17 terms. The Georgia Democrat was 80 years old.
He is being honored with six days of celebration of life ceremonies spanning from his home state of Alabama, to Washington, D.C. where he served, and Atlanta - his adopted home town.