TROY, Ala. (AP) — Troy University has dedicated a university building named for late Congressman John Lewis, who had tried unsuccessfully to attend the then-all white school in the 1950s.
The Troy University Board of Trustees in August voted to rename historic Bibb Graves Hall — named for a former Alabama governor who had ties to the Ku Klux Klan— in honor of Lewis.
While Lewis became a longtime Georgia congressman, he was a native of Pike County, Alabama, and grew up not far from the university.
The civil rights icon died July 17 at the age of 80. Lewis as a teen applied to the then-all-white university but did not get a reply.