The goal is to have the Lewis monument in place by May 2022.
Lewis was a leader in the civil rights movement and later represented the 5th Congressional District, which includes a large portion of DeKalb County, for more than three decades. He died last July after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Shortly thereafter, DeKalb Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson and Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett created a task force to consider the best place for the county to honor Lewis.
Like other community groups and activists, the task force quickly homed in on a site outside the historic DeKalb County courthouse — the same spot on the Decatur square where an 30-foot obelisk honoring the Confederacy had been removed about a month before Lewis’ death.
The DeKalb Board of Commissioners and the Decatur City Commission recently passed resolutions supporting the task force’s recommendation.
“Because this location sits in DeKalb County, the city of Decatur, and in the congressional district which John represented for over 30 years, there could be no better location,” Davis Johnson said in a news release.