Senate to unveil Clementa Pinckney portrait in May

The Senate will honor their fallen colleague, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, with a portrait in May.

COLUMBIA — A portrait of fallen state Sen. Clementa Pinckney will be unveiled during a ceremony in the Senate next month.

Pinckney, who had served in the body since 2001, was killed June 17 along with eight of his parishioners at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. He was named the church’s pastor in 2010.

The alleged shooter is facing more than 40 charges, including nine counts of murder.

The portrait unveiling will be done May 25 in the Senate chamber and will be limited to invitations only.

Senate President Pro Tempore Hugh Leatherman, R-Florence, said Pinckney set an “example of statesmanship for the rest of us.”

“Sen. Pinckney was a among those who would always show compassion,” Leatherman said. “He showed compassion for those considered less fortunate among us.”