JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A portrait of former Mississippi Gov. Bill Allain is being unveiled at the state Capitol, just over four years after his death.
Allain was governor from 1984 to 1988 and shunned attention after he left office.
Paintings of other former governors line a first-floor hallway at the Capitol. For years, a space has been left for Allain in chronological order between fellow Democratic governors William Winter and Ray Mabus (MAY-bus).
Brandon Presley, a current public service commissioner, considered Allain a mentor. Presley found an artist to paint a state-funded portrait based on a photo that the former governor himself selected late in his life.
Allain was a Natchez native and served one term as attorney general before being elected governor. He was 85 when he died in December 2013.