Next month Freedom Park Conservancy, Trees Atlanta, and The National Center for Civil and Human Rights host the third year of a multiyear project to plant and nurture a living memorial to the late John Lewis — and they’re looking for volunteers!
The late civil rights leader and Congressman fulfilled many vital roles in the civil rights movement and its actions to end legalized racial segregation in the U.S. And to honor his work and legacy, the organizations continue to pay tribute with the growing “Flowering Forest,” a field full of flowering trees, shrubs, and daffodils along the John Lewis Freedom Parkway. The selected plant species bloom in late winter, so the park and parkway start to pop with color as early spring teases its arrival and is a timely celebration of Lewis’s birthday on Feb. 21.
The “Flowering Forest” project for 2023 takes place Friday, Feb. 25, and Saturday, Feb. 26. The public is invited to participate by signing up to volunteer.
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“Congressman Lewis sowed seeds of hope and equity. His life’s work was an undaunted fight for civil and human rights — without prejudice or exception. The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is honored to join this partnership to celebrate John L. Lewis’s legacy and to serve as a tangible reminder of the beauty that can grow from a commitment to stay in good trouble. We look forward to sharing the Congressman’s story to inspire the changemaker in each of us,” The National Center for Civil and Human Rights’ Head of Programs & Exhibitions, Dr. Calinda Lee, said in a 2021 press release.
All volunteers must register in advance. If you want to be part of this spectacular tree tribute to Mr. John Lewis, we highly suggest you sign up now, as spots do fill up. For more information, visit treesatlanta.org.