Memorial for the Emanuel Nine

Four years after massacre

Evan Smith
June 20, 2019 - 3:26 pm

Just when memorial attendees thought the event would have to be cancelled, the sky cleared, the clouds parted, and the rain stopped falling.

It seemed like a sign, attendees said.

That was the scene at a candlelight vigil held to remember the Emanuel nine – the nine church members who were shot and killed inside a Charleston church four years ago.

The memorial took weeks of planning by Charleston and Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church officials, but the event almost did not happen due to a storm.

“It’s no different than how this city is,” said Councilman William Dudley Gregory.  “We’re resilient. We’re not going to let anything stop us from doing what we plan to do.”

The memorial for the victims will be featured in the new film documentary “Emanuel” – to be released later this year – which was produced by basketball phenome Steph Curry, Academy Award winner Viola Davis and Law and Order SVU star Mariska Hargitay.

The documentary is set to go through the history of race relations in Charleston, the significance and impact of Emanuel AME Church, and how the community has come together in the aftermath of the June 17, 2015 massacre.  

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