Senator: Capitol art should also show black Mississippians

(Craig Ford)

A lawmaker says art at the Mississippi Capitol should be updated to reflect accomplishments of African-Americans.

Posted: Nov 24, 2017 1:30 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A lawmaker says art at the Mississippi Capitol should be updated to reflect accomplishments of African-Americans.

Democratic Sen. John Horhn of Jackson says he would like to see statues of former Rep. Robert Clark of Ebenezer and the late Sen. Henry Kirksey of Jackson.

In 1967, Clark became the first African-American since Reconstruction elected to the Mississippi Legislature. He eventually became House speaker pro tempore.

Kirksey pushed redistricting efforts that led to more black representation in Mississippi government.

The Capitol currently has portraits of most of Mississippi's governors - all of them, white men.

A monument to Confederate women sits outside the building.

A statue of Theodore G. Bilbo stands in one meeting room. The governor and U.S. senator from the early 20th century was known as a race-baiting demagogue.

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