COLUMBIA, S.C. (News Release) — South Carolina Senator Gerald Malloy announced on Thursday, April 28 that the Senate will formally unveil a portrait of Senate Clementa C. Pinckney. The portrait will honor the memory and service of Senator Pinckney, who was murdered June 17, 2015, along with eight others at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.
“This portrait will be a lasting tribute to the life of Senator Pinckney, appropriately reflecting his service to our citizens and his church,” said Senator Malloy. “But more importantly, it will be a constant lesson of the power of grace in the face of tragedy.”
World-renowned artist Larry Lebby was selected to create the portrait. Mr. Lebby’s work has been displayed in the Vatican, the White House, the United Nations, the U.S. Capitol, the Smithsonian Institution, and many other museums. The subjects of his portraits include President Jimmy Carter, Senator Strom Thurmond, S.C. Chief Justice Ernest A. Finney Jr., Hank Aaron, and United States District Judge Matthew J. Perry. His portraits of Modjeska Simpkins and Benjamin E. Mays are currently on display in the South Carolina State House.
A ceremony will begin at 4:00 p.m. on May 25th inside the Senate Chamber. Access to the Chamber will be limited by invitation during the ceremony, after which it will be open to the public for those who wish to view the portrait prior to its permanent display.