Tahlequah Family Returns After Paying Respects To Late Justice Ginsburg

Wednesday, September 23rd 2020, 9:41 pm
By: Amelia Mugavero


A family from Tahlequah are back in Oklahoma after driving to Washington D.C., to honor the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

36 hours and 2,400 miles later, Amy Edwards and her family said the trip was a whirlwind, but the impact was worth it.

Amy Edwards and her family are home after driving to Washington D.C. to pay their respects to Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Edwards still thinks about what led her to drive across the country this weekend for someone she has never met. For her, she didn’t have to meet justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg to show respect.

"I think because the moment felt gigantic,” Amy said. “I think a lot of times we've all heard when we're grieving we do funny things so, it felt like an active response and something that it felt like we were doing something about it rather than feeling sad."

Amy said she has always felt a connection to RBG because of the strong women in her family. She said she and her family don’t regret hoping in a car and driving to Washington D.C. to honor to Ginsberg on the Supreme Court steps.

"A lot of people were moved by our gesture of driving and taking the pebbles and putting initials on the pebbles," Edwards said. "People felt like they were there, we literally felt like we took thousands of people with us."

Edwards tweeted about their trip back on Saturday and got tens of thousands of comments in just hours. Now she is followed by some of the biggest names in government.

"The coolest one was Madame Speaker Nancy Pelosi followed me and I immediately messaged my mom, I'm not as cool as my mom, who is followed by Barack Obama!" Edwards said.

Edwards says the 36 hour, 2400 mile trip has made them a little tired, but hopes the trip inspires people to get involved and fight like Ruth did.

“It was worth it. We don’t often get moments like that so they are to be treasured," Edwards said.

Edwards said the trip inspired her family to get more involved in government. She and her husband are training to be precinct officials on Thursday for the November election.