Enterprise mayor recalls 60-year friendship with former Rep. John Lewis

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ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — Enterprise Mayor William Cooper spoke highly of his friend Rep. John Lewis, who died July 17.

Rep. John Lewis will be buried during a private funeral in Atlanta.

Cooper has called Lewis a friend for more than 60 years.

Both men were attacked by a mob during a 1961 Freedom Rider stop at the Greyhound bus station in downtown Montgomery.

Both men are natives of the Wiregrass, Lewis from Troy and Cooper originally from Dothan.

“The moment it was over, I had a chance to walk with Robert,” Cooper said. “They called him John, but we called him Robert, and he was from Troy knowing I was from Dothan. I knew him through that way, and of course, from that day to the day he passed,

As a student at Alabama State in the early 1960’s, Cooper played the horn during services held by Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. in Montgomery.

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