Ackerman honors former governors Mabus and Coleman

The city of Ackerman honored two natives during a downtown ceremony on Friday.

Posted: Sep 13, 2019 6:35 PM
Updated: Sep 16, 2019 9:51 AM

ACKERMAN, Miss. (WTVA) - The city of Ackerman honored two natives during a downtown ceremony on Friday. 

Former governors Ray Mabus and J.P. Coleman, both Ackerman natives, were honored.

Mabus himself was on hand to speak.

Coleman's grandson was there to remember his grandfather.

Both men enjoyed distinguished careers in local, state and national government, as well as their terms as governor of Mississippi.

Mabus is a former secretary of the navy under former President Barack Obama.

Coleman was also appointed a judge of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court appeals in 1965.

He died in Ackerman in 1991.

U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker was at the ceremony to help honor both leaders.

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