Alumnus donates John Lewis portrait to Troy University

Willie Austin II, a software engineer and 2017 TROY graduate, recently donated a hand-painted portrait of Rep. John Lewis to his alma mater.

Willie Austin II, a software engineer and 2017 TROY graduate, recently donated a hand-painted portrait of Rep. John Lewis to his alma mater.

When Willie Austin II graduated from Troy University, he left with a desire to give back to his alma mater.

Recently, the 2017 graduate did just that by gifting TROY a hand-painted portrait of the late Congressman John Lewis, a work will soon be displayed in John Robert Lewis Hall.

Austin, who majored in computer…

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Reflecting on Rep. John Lewis’ strong TROY, community ties

Rep. John Lewis had a long and storied history with Troy University and his home area of Pike County, Alabama.

Rep. John Lewis had a long and storied history with Troy University and his home area of Pike County, Alabama.

The man for whom historic Bibb Graves Hall was renamed late last year had a long and inspiring relationship with both Pike County and Troy University.

The late Rep. John Lewis, who Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. nicknamed “The Boy from Troy” due to his roots in Pike County, Alabama, initially planned to attend TROY…

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