Mayor Kevin Faulconer praises Georgia Rep. John Lewis, civil rights icon

SAN DIEGO — San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer joined the chorus of elected officials paying tribute to the life of the late Georgia Congressman John Lewis on Saturday, one day after the civil rights icon died at the age of 80.

"John Lewis was no stranger to San Diego. You could often spot him at Comic-Con, and he was here last year to see the USNS John Lewis, a naval ship named in his honor. He dedicated his life to civil rights, from marching with MLK to serving in Congress. America has lost a legend," Faulconer tweeted.

In January 2016, U.S. Navy Secretary Raymond E. Mabus Jr. announced the assignment of the name John Lewis to the vessel, part of the Military Sealift Command fleet of support ships. National Steel and Shipbuilding Company began construction of the ship on Sept. 20, 2018, with completion scheduled for November of this year.

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