NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - More than six decades after he sat and took abuse at a Nashville lunch counter to protest segregation, the city begins a weekend of dedication for late civil rights icon John Lewis. 

A historic marker of Lewis' life was unveiled Friday on Commerce Street in front of a former Greyhound bus station where Lewis and others boarded on a Freedom Ride to Alabama. 

Lewis, who was also a longtime congressman in Atlanta, died one year ago Saturday.

"He used to tell us it's not about him, it's about making a change, making a difference," Lewis' younger brother Henry said. "And I think he did that, so we're just really proud, really proud." 

The City of Nashville will formally dedicate Rep. John Lewis Way on Saturday, followed by a march from Jefferson Street/John Lewis Way to Ryman Auditorium. There, a celebration for Lewis begins at 11 a.m. 

"[This weekend] allows for us to think about where we have been, where we are right now, and where we're going," event organizer Samar Ali said. "I think it's going to be a really powerful event, a really moving event."

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