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Troy University dedicates building named for John Lewis

The university board of trustees in August voted to rename historic Bibb Graves Hall in honor of the late Congressman.

TROY, Alabama — 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.

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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 of cancer July 17 at the age of 80. 

Lewis as a teen applied to the then-all-white university but did not get a reply.