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Civil rights pioneer Bob Moses receives portrait

Civil rights pioneer Bob Moses speaks at Southern Miss Tuesday night after his portrait is unveiled. Civil rights pioneer Bob Moses speaks at Southern Miss Tuesday night after his portrait is unveiled.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

A civil rights pioneer who played a major role in "Mississippi Freedom Summer" 50 years ago was honored in a special way in Hattiesburg Tuesday night. A portrait of Dr. Bob Moses was unveiled during a ceremony at Southern Miss. 

Moses was a leader of the civil rights movement in Mississippi during the 1960's, helping in voter registration and organizing freedom schools.

The portrait was painted by artist Robert Shetterly, as part of a series called, "Americans who Tell the Truth-Models of Courageous Citizenship."

Dozens of people attended Tuesday's ceremony.    

"It's quite amazing, but what was really nice was the audience, since so many of them had acutally been part of the movement, so it was like a family homecoming, it was really nice," he said.  

Earlier Tuesday, Moses spoke at a USM Freedom Summer Dialogue Series. 

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