On the evening of November 19, in National Statuary Hall, U.S. Capitol, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society gathered to present the 2014 Freedom Award to Congressman John Lewis in recognition of his outstanding contributions to revitalizing America’s democratic system.
The U.S. Capitol Historical Society annually recognizes individuals that have advanced greater public understanding and appreciation for freedom as represented by the U.S. Capitol and Congress. The Society initiated its Freedom Award on September 17, 1993, the eve of the 200th anniversary of the laying of the U.S. Capitol Cornerstone by George Washington in 1793. It is named for the statue that graces the Capitol’s dome.
The evening featured remarks from Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy as well Lynda Johnson Robb, daughter of President Lyndon Johnson.