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His 90 years and life of public service were honored with a symposium on The Future of Mississippi and the South hosted by the Jones Walker Law Firm. His 90 years and life of public service were honored with a symposium on The Future of Mississippi and the South hosted by the Jones Walker Law Firm.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A unique celebration of the life of former Governor William Winter was held Tuesday at the Old Capitol.

His 90 years and life of public service were honored with a symposium on The Future of Mississippi and the South hosted by the Jones Walker Law Firm.

A packed house of Mississippi's most distinguished joined Governor Winter, wife Elise and family in marking the occasion. But it was no ordinary party. This gathering was a collaboration of minds, a panel discussion on education, economics and race relations in the state.

It was a panel Winter selected, comprised of Jim Barksdale, Dr. Beverly Wade Hogan and Jesse White moderated by Charles Overby.

"I know they are all committed to Mississippi and the future as they have been in the past, and I wanted them to share with the crowd their knowledge, their wisdom and their optimism," said Winter.

The symposium allowed questions from the public with answers hoped to offer advancement for the future and open dialogue.

An appropriate choice of reflection for a man who served as state representative, state tax collector, state treasurer, lieutenant governor and finally governor, signing the landmark Education Reform Act of 1982.

"We've got to break down lines, the class lines, the racial lines, political lines. Recognize we're all Mississippians, and we all want about the same thing," added the former governor.

Elected officials, business professionals and more came to the Old Capitol where 33 years ago Winter took the oath of office as governor.

"Thank you all for all that you have meant to me and my family and thank you for joining us in this celebration. Thank you very very much," added the legendary statesmen while saying goodbye to the hundreds in attendance.

Winter turns 90 on Thursday.

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