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John Lewis mug shot

A mug shot of John Lewis, taken in 1961. Mr. Lewis tweeted this image on July 7, 2020, with the caption: "59 years ago today I was released from Parchman Farm Penitentiary after being arrested in Jackson, MS for using a so-called 'white' restroom during the Freedom Rides of 1961." John Lewis was born in 1940, so he turned 21 the year this photo was taken.

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