Columbia artist to paint Pinckney's Statehouse portrait

Columbia artist to paint Pinckney's Statehouse portrait

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -South Carolina lawmakers have picked a Columbia artist to paint the portrait of the late Sen. Clementa Pinckney that will be placed in the Senate chamber.

Pinckney family lawyer and fellow state senator Gerald Malloy told The State newspaper ( ) that Pinckney's widow is delighted Larry Lebby will paint the portrait. A special Senate committee chose him.

Lebby has four other portraits currently hanging in the Statehouse, including one of civil rights leader Modjeska Simkins.

Lebby says he is waiting to get a Belgian linen canvas before he begins painting. He expects the portrait to take him nine months.

Pinckney was the pastor of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and was one of nine people killed in what police say was a racially motivated shooting on June 17.

Information from: The State,

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