The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is partnering with Freedom Park Conservancy and Trees Atlanta to create a living tree tribute to memorialize John Lewis, the late congressman who dedicated his life to public service.

In the first phase of a multi-year project, more than 300 blooming trees, flowering shrubs and fields of daffodils will be planted over the course of three days, according to an announcement from the nonprofit designated as Atlanta’s Art Park.

The shrubbery was chosen for their early blooming in late winter — particularly about February — so they can blossom in celebration of the statesman and civil rights leader’s birthday annually. The project also honors Black History Month and Georgia Arbor Day on Feb. 19.

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Lewis died July 17 at age 80 after a battle with cancer.

The volunteer effort is set for Feb. 19-21, the final day of which would have been Rep. Lewis’s 81st birthday.

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