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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke August 7, 2020

This photo of Bill Clinton is five years old, not from John Lewis’ funeral

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  • This photo was taken at the 2015 funeral of Rev. Jesse Jackson’s mother.

The funeral of U.S. Rep. John Lewis drew several former American presidents, including Bill Clinton, who spoke during the service

Like Barack Obama and George W. Bush, Clinton did not wear a face covering as he addressed the people who had gathered June 30 to mourn the congressman and civil rights leader. But while he was seated in the pews of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Clinton’s mouth and nose were covered by a mask. Others were also photographed wearing masks. 

A recent Facebook post shows a photo of Clinton among others not wearing masks. 

"July 30, 2020," the post says. "Funeral NOT A MASK IN SITE IS ANYONE AWAKE YET."

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That’s because the photo is five years old and was taken by a photojournalist named Heidi Heilbrunn. It shows Clinton sitting next to Rev. Jesse Jackson during a funeral service for Jackson’s mother at the Springfield Baptist Church in Greenville, S.C. 

Getty Images photos from Lewis’s funeral show people wearing masks. 

We rate this Facebook post False.


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