Former President Jimmy Carter said Georgia Congressman John Lewis made an “indelible mark on history through his quest to make our nation more just.”

Carter, 95, is not attending Lewis’ funeral on Thursday at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

Deanna Congelio, a spokeswoman for Carter, said the President and Rosaylnn Carter are “not traveling these days” but are sending their condolences in writing. Carter had appointed Lewis to a federal position when president.

Carter sent prepared remarks for the funeral, and they were read during the service by the Ebenezer Baptist Church Senior Pastor Raphael Warnock, who officiated at the service.

The statement from Carter said:

“Rosalynn joins me in sending our condolences to all gathered today to mourn the loss of one of our nation’s great leaders. Throughout his remarkable life, John has been a blessing to countless people, and we are proud to be among those whose lives he has touched. While his achievements are enjoyed by all Americans, we Georgians know him as our neighbor, friend, and representative. His enormous contributions will continue be an inspiration for generations to come.

“Please know that you are in our hearts and prayers during this difficult time. We hope your warm memories and the love and prayers of your family and friends will be of comfort to you in the days ahead.”

After Lewis died on July 17, Carter said in a statement, “John never shied away from what he called ‘good trouble’ to lead our nation on the path toward human and civil rights. Everything he did, he did in a spirit of love.”

Former presidents Barack Obama, George Bush and Bill Clinton also spoke at Lewis’ funeral and Obama delivered a eulogy.

Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, former First Lady Rosalynn Carter are not attending the funeral of Congressman John Lewis. This photo was released recently by the Carter Center as the Carters encouraged everyone to wear a mask to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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