Ackerman is one of the few towns in mississippi to be the home of more than one governor.
Today, the community honors the men with a "governor's park" our cash matlock has the story... "you wouldn't think that a town of fifteen hundred people in northeast mississippi would produce two governors... in thirty years!
I mean, it wasn't that long of time."
Ray mabus was the 60th governor of mississippi, the 75th united states secretary of the navy, and the former ambassador to saudi arabia.
At the unveiling of the new governors park in ackerman, he reflected on those achievements... along with many others throughout his life.
"it means the world to me, because this is where i got the foundation for whatever i've managed to achieve in my life.
These are the people, these are the values that i learned."
Former governor j.p.
Coleman was also honored at the event.
His grandson, josiah, shared memories of his late grandfather.
"it's amazing to see what he meant to the individuals that lived in this community.
He wasn't just a guy that held office, who lived here.
He was part of it.
Emotionally, that means a lot to me.
It's something to immulate... to try and copy."
U.s. senator roger wicker worked with both former governors during his career.
"i've always been proud that i was a young tike supporting him in 1963 and then when it comes to ray mabus, it happens that i was elected state senator the same day he was elected governor."
The new park features a playground, a gazebo, and a platform for hopscotch.
However, the political legacy of the town is what many hope future generations will remember.
"i think when you see a town like ackerman, that's had two governors come out of it, and there are other towns that share distinctions as well, you just want them to kind of see that as an example."
"this is a salute to small town america.
When you talk about small town america, you're talking about mississippi."
"it's not how much money you accumulate.
It's not how much stuff you get.
It's the service that you give.
Do something that is going to outlive you.
Do something that is bigger than you are.
That's what i hope people take away, and it doesn't matter where you start."
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