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Nashville arrest records, photos of civil rights icon found

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NASHVILLE, TN (AP) -

Nashville officials have discovered never-before-published photos and records detailing the early arrests of civil rights icon John Lewis.

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry surprised Lewis with the records Saturday while he was receiving a literary award for "March," a three-part graphic novel about his life in the civil rights movement.

Lewis, now 76 and long a congressman from Georgia, said he was surprised and nearly cried upon seeing the records. He said he plans to place copies in his Washington office to inspire young people who visit him.

Lewis said he had been arrested 45 times for his activism, but his first arrest came in Nashville.

City officials plan to display copies of the records in the Civil Rights Room of the Nashville Public Library.

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