Alabama lawmakers Senator Doug Jones and Representative Terri Sewell both paid tribute to Lewis - one of the original "Freedom Riders" who played a vital role in the civil rights movement.
On Sunday (26 July) Lewis was due to cross, for the last time, the Edmund Pettus Bridge - where he and other protesters were savagely beaten by police in 1965 during a Selma-Montgomery rights march.
He will then lie in state at the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery.
- Please welcome [INAUDIBLE].
- John Lewis lived to see the generation that I believe will lead this nation to our ideals and our full promise to all. Like him, they're protesting peacefully, nonviolently. They love this nation just as much as John did.
President Trump paints them all with a broad brush and calls them lawless thugs. But he is wrong. They are patriots.
- (SINGING) His grace have taught my heart to fear.
- Selma's own congresswoman Terri A. Sewell of the 7th Congressional District.
TERRI SEWELL: John never gave up hope. His optimism is what he inspired in all of us. We're all infused with that optimism. Can't you hear him? Find a way to get in the way-- good trouble, necessary trouble