By Christina Wilkie - 03/22/11 11:33 PM EDT
Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) appears to have had a change of heart when it comes to safeguarding his Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Awarded to the lawmaker last month by President Obama, Lewis wore the medal for the rest of that day, and told ITK that he planned to take the saucer-sized disk home to Atlanta, “where I plan to keep it in a very highly secret place.”
To be fair, it was a special occasion. The church, best known as the longtime pulpit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was celebrating 125 years, and Lewis was honored for his lifelong commitment to civil rights. Addressing the congregation, Lewis said he decided to pull the medal out of its (presumably secret) hiding place and wear it in recognition of Ebenezer’s role in championing equality.
ITK hopes the medal is back in a very safe spot.