7 Years Later: Mother Emanuel Church kicks off weekend remembrance events
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - As faith groups across the state and the nation commemorate seven years since the Charleston church shooting, Mother Emanuel AME, the site of the tragedy will kick off a weekend of special events.
U.S. Congressman Jim Clyburn, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott and Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, who are all honorary co-chairs of the celebration, will be on hand Friday at the church in Charleston for a news conference that will serve as the start of the remembrance events.
A news conference is set for 2 p.m. on the steps of the church.
In addition to weekend events, Friday will serve as the launch of a nationwide, yearlong Bible study titled, “What Kind of Soil Are We? What Kind of Soil is God Calling Us to Become?” The first study takes place at 7 p.m. Friday and is being televised live on C-SPAN and on the church’s website.
The shooting happened on the night of June 17, 2015, at the conclusion of a Wednesday night Bible study at the church. It claimed the lives of the church’s pastor, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, and eight of his parishioners.
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