Portrait of slain Sen. Pinckney to be unveiled next month

AP News
Posted: Apr 28, 2016 12:54 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Senate will unveil its official portrait of slain Sen. Clementa Pinckney next month.

Sen. Gerald Malloy said Thursday that the Senate will hold a ceremony at 4 p.m. on May 25.

A Senate committee picked artist Larry Lebby to paint Pinckney's picture. Lebby's work has been displayed throughout the United States in places such as the White House, the Smithsonian Institute, the United Nations and the U.S. Senate.

Lebby has said he will bring Pinckney's smile back to the Senate.

Pinckney was pastor of Emanuel African Methodist Church in Charleston and was killed June 17 when police say a man fueled by racial hatred came into the church, sat through Pinckney's Bible study, then killed him and eight other black people.