Rep. Lewis Finally Gets Apology

Posted: April 10, 2013

On April 1, The Washington Post published an obituary about former Ku Klux Klan supporter Elwin Wilson, who died at 76 on March 28. The Post reported that he apologized publicly to Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga, for beating Mr. Lewis, a black Freedom Rider, at a bus station in Rock Hill, S.C., in 1961.

Mr. Wilson also participated in cross burnings, hanging a black doll in a noose outside of his home, flinging cantaloupes at black men walking down the street, etc.

Mr. Lewis said that this was the first time any private citizen had offered an apology.

Virginia Bethune