CLEVELAND -- Funeral services for prominent local businessman and political strategist Arnold Pinkney were held Saturday morning at Olivet Institutional Baptist Church.

Hundreds were in attendance for what was being called a remembrance and celebration of life for Pinkney.

Arnold Pinkney had a long career in Democratic political campaigns including the 1968 campaign of Louis Stokes, who became Ohio's first black member of Congress. He also advised Jackson, Cleveland Mayor Carl Stokes and Gov. Richard Celeste.

He was special adviser to the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, which plans a special recognition on Feb. 19. Caucus President Alicia Reece says he leaves a legacy of public service.

Pinkney was co-founder of Pinkney-Perry Insurance Agency, Ohio's oldest and largest minority-owned insurance company.

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