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Commemorative Events for
Mother Emanuel AME Church

The City of Charleston has been working in close coordination with Emanuel AME Church, various community organizations, arts groups, artists, and local residents to partner with the AME Church of South Carolina, Mother Emanuel, the City of Charleston and others, to facilitate the “Victory in the Valley” commemoration of the June 17, 2015 tragedy.

Programs and events sponsored by Mother Emanuel and several church-recognized cultural offerings will coincide with the official commemoration of the June 17 first-year anniversary.

This collaboration of offerings will provide opportunities for youth and people of all ages to engage in meaningful dialogue about unity among all races, while commemorating the Mother Emanuel Nine and honoring the families, survivors and church members. The dates of the “Victory in the Valley” commemoration programming are June 15 to 26, 2016.

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Ecumenical Bible Study (Part I)

Wednesday, June 15 · 6pm · Emanuel AME Church, 110 Calhoun St.
Led by Rev. Dr. Betty Clark and Rev. Anthony Thompson
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Part of “Victory in the Valley,” commemorating the Mother Emanuel Nine and honoring the Families, Survivors & Church Members.


An Ecumenical Service Remembering the Mother Emanuel Nine
and Honoring the Survivors & Members of
Mother Emanuel AME Church

Friday, June 17 · 10am · College of Charleston TD Arena, 301 Meeting St. · Ticket Holders Only
Sponsored by The Right Reverend Richard Franklin Norris, Presiding Bishop of the 7th Episcopal District of the AME Church & the 7th Episcopal District.
Part of “Victory in the Valley,” commemorating the Mother Emanuel Nine and honoring the Families, Survivors & Church Members.


After Charleston: Commemoration, Healing and Hope

Friday, June 17 · 6pm · Emanuel AME Church, 110 Calhoun St.
This is a culminating service for members of the church, leaders in Charleston, and city leaders from across the country.
Part of “Victory in the Valley,” commemorating the Mother Emanuel Nine and honoring the Families, Survivors & Church Members.


Charleston Community Supper and
Ecumenical Service of Communion & Celebration

Friday, June 17 · 6pm · Wragg Square / Second Presbyterian Church
Second Presbyterian Church of Charleston will host a Charleston Community Supper in Wragg Square, 342 Meeting St. Free to the public. At 7pm, following the meal, a city-wide Ecumenical Service of Communion and Celebration will be held in the Second Presbyterian Sanctuary, open to all. Worship will be led by over ten church leaders. Music will be provided by the Choir of Saint James Presbyterian Church and the message delivered by Reverend Kylon Middleton of Mount Zion AMEC.

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Part of “Victory in the Valley,” commemorating the Mother Emanuel Nine and honoring the Families, Survivors & Church Members.


After Charleston: The Sacred Space

Friday, June 17 · 7pm · Emanuel AME Church, 110 Calhoun St.
This event is designed for individuals to experience the sacred space of Mother Emanuel for a time of worship, prayer and reflection. Worship Leaders: Will Reagan of United Pursuit; Freddy Washington of the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir and worship leaders of Charleston / Sponsored by Mother Emanuel, After Charleston, Civilitas Group, 1Charleston, the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul and New Metropolitan.

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Part of “Victory in the Valley,” commemorating the Mother Emanuel Nine and honoring the Families, Survivors & Church Members.


After Charleston: The Activation

Friday, June 17 · 9:30pm · The Watch Rooftop Restaurant (The Restoration Hotel), 75 Wentworth St.
This event is designed for individuals to participate in a summit and mixer designed to equip them to become active in the pursuit of unifying the city of Charleston. The event will include music infused with the insight of notable national figures at the The Watch Rooftop Restaurant (The Restoration Hotel). Sponsored by Mother Emanuel, After Charleston, Civilitas Group, 1Charleston, the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul.

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Part of “Victory in the Valley,” commemorating the Mother Emanuel Nine and honoring the Families, Survivors & Church Members.


Prayer Breakfast

Saturday, June 18 · 7:30am · Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King St. · RSVP Required
Hosted by South Carolina State Senators Margie Bright Matthews and Marlon Kimpson.

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Part of “Victory in the Valley,” commemorating the Mother Emanuel Nine and honoring the Families, Survivors & Church Members.


Samaritan's Feet

Saturday, June 18 · from 8am · Buist Academy, 103 Calhoun St.
Sponsored by Emanuel AME Church & Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated. Registration required for school-aged children to receive free socks and tennis shoes.
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Part of “Victory in the Valley,” commemorating the Mother Emanuel Nine and honoring the Families, Survivors & Church Members.


A Walk of Unity & Thanksgiving

Saturday, June 18 · 11am · Marion Square, Meeting & Calhoun Streets
Sponsored by Emanuel AME Church and Hate Won't Win Movement. Assemble 9am-10:45am at Marion Square (overflow at Wragg Square). Walk begins at 11am. Walk concludes at Gaillard Center Lawn (95 Calhoun St.).

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Part of “Victory in the Valley,” commemorating the Mother Emanuel Nine and honoring the Families, Survivors & Church Members.


Mother Emanuel Tree Dedication Ceremony

Saturday, June 18 · 12:00 noon · Gaillard Center Lawn, 95 Calhoun St.
Keynote Speaker Rev. Dr. Bernice King and Pastor Shirley Caesar singing her new release "Mother Emanuel" with Emanuel Praise Dancers performing.
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Part of “Victory in the Valley,” commemorating the Mother Emanuel Nine and honoring the Families, Survivors & Church Members.


Mother Emanuel Quilt Exhibition

Saturday, June 18 · 2-7pm · 85 Calhoun St.
In the days and weeks following June 17th, 2015, Mother Emanuel AME Church received an outpouring of support. Visitors from around the world came to Mother Emanuel to express their condolences and left letters, flowers, candles, artwork, posters, and countless other items in front of the church. This exhibition shares a sample of those items, specifically prayer quilts, because Mother Emanuel received over 400, and they are beautiful. Given in love, a prayer quilt is made to warm, soothe, and cover the recipient in prayers. In thanks to those who presented the Mother Emanuel community with gifts, this exhibition presents this selection of items received in an outpouring of compassion and kindness. This exhibition is presented by Mother Emanuel AME, the City of Charleston, and the members of Charleston Archives Libraries and Museum Council.
More Information »    (843) 722-2561

Exhibition Hours  
Saturday, June 18 2pm-7pm
Sunday, June 19 12pm-5pm
Monday-Friday, June 20-24 9:30am-5pm
Monday-Friday, June 27-30 9:30am-5pm
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Part of “Victory in the Valley,” commemorating the Mother Emanuel Nine and honoring the Families, Survivors & Church Members.


E pluribus unum | Out of Many, One Memorial Concert

Saturday, June 18 · 7pm · Charleston Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun St.
A Memorial Performance to Honor the Mother Emanuel Nine, featuring the Charleston Spiritual Ensemble and the Charleston Gospel Choir. Tickets $25 adults; $20 seniors, plus applicable fees.

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Worship Service

Sunday, June 19 · 9:30am · Emanuel AME Church, 110 Calhoun St.
Sponsored by Emanuel AME Church with Rev. Dr. Betty Deas Clark. Service of the Bells coordinated by St. Michael's Episcopal Church precedes at 8am.
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Part of “Victory in the Valley,” commemorating the Mother Emanuel Nine and honoring the Families, Survivors & Church Members.


Dedication of Cynthia Graham Hurd Memorial Mural

Monday, June 20 · 9am · John L. Dart Library, 1067 King St.
Through the joint efforts of the community and donations to Charleston County Public Library’s Cynthia Graham Hurd Memorial Fund, world-renowned street artist R. Robots painted a bright, wall-sized geometric mural of books on the side of the John L. Dart Branch Library – a branch managed by Hurd for 21 years of her 31-year career as a librarian. Leaders will come together to officially dedicate the mural, a permanent reminder of Hurd’s continuing influence on the community and her commitment to literacy. The mural was a collaboration between CCPL and Enough Pie and partially funded by a donation from Winston & Strawn LLP.
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Borough House Tour

Monday, June 20 · 11am-4pm · 35 Calhoun St.
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Part of “Victory in the Valley,” commemorating the Mother Emanuel Nine and honoring the Families, Survivors & Church Members.


Gun Control and Building Positive Relationships between Youth and Law Enforcement

Monday, June 20 · 2pm · Main Library Auditorium, 68 Calhoun St.
A panel of area leaders and law enforcement officials discuss what the community has learned in the past year since the Emanuel AME shootings and how we can work together to foster positive relationships in the future. Presented jointly by CCPL and Passion to Forgive, an organization founded by the family of Emanuel victim Myra Singleton Thompson to provide educational and development opportunities to underserved youth and their families. The program will include remarks by The Rev. Anthony Thompson and Kevin Singleton, her husband and son.
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Book Event: We Are Charleston

Monday, June 20 · 6pm · Main Library Auditorium, 68 Calhoun St.
Following the shooting of nine victims at a June 2015 bible study at Emanuel AME Church, residents of the community and nation recognized the need to examine and learn from the events that led to the tragedy. Through in-depth interviews with the victim’s family, friends and community members, three authors penned We Are Charleston as a way to explore the impact of the shooting, the role of the AME church and importance of awareness, action and forgiveness. Authors Herb Frazier, Dr. Bernard Edward Powers Jr. and Marjory Wentworth will reflect on their journey and what they uncovered in this deeply emotional book. Copies of the book will be available to purchase, with a portion of the proceeds going to CCPL’s Cynthia Graham Hurd Memorial Fund. Attendees also will be able to donate directly to the Memorial Fund, created to honor the 31-year librarian’s legacy and commitment to literacy.
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Charleston County Public Library Branch Renaming/Dedication Ceremony

Tuesday, June 21 · 9am · Hurd/St. Andrew's Regional Library, 1735 N. Woodmere Dr.
Cynthia Graham Hurd, a CCPL employee for 31 years, was one of nine people killed on June 17, 2015 at Emanuel AME Church. At the time of her death, she was manager of the St. Andrews Regional Library. On this day, which would have been her 56th birthday, the branch is being formally renamed and dedicated as the Cynthia Graham Hurd/St. Andrews Regional Library to honor a woman who changed lives through her commitment to literacy and dedication to the Charleston community.
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Putting People to Work Career Fair

Tuesday, June 21 · 10am-2pm · Emanuel AME Church, 110 Calhoun St.
Spherion Staffing Services and South Carolina Representative Wendell Gilliard.
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Part of “Victory in the Valley,” commemorating the Mother Emanuel Nine and honoring the Families, Survivors & Church Members.


Requiem for Mother Emanuel by Leo Twiggs

Tuesday, June 21 · 10am-6pm · City Gallery, 34 Prioleau St.
On view through July 31, 2106, the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs presents Requiem for Mother Emanuel, an exhibition of nine paintings by Leo Twiggs, one of the nation’s leading African-American artists. The exhibition brings together nine new works by Leo Twiggs, created in commemoration of the nine victims who lost their lives on June 17, 2015 at Emanuel AME Church. A video produced exclusively for this exhibition will feature the personal commentary of Twiggs, who shares his artistic vision and gives tribute to the extreme grace displayed by the Mother Emanuel family. An artist’s reception will be held on Friday, July 8 from 5-7pm; this event is free and open to the public.
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Exhibition Hours  
Tuesday to Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday & Sunday 12pm-5pm
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Acts of Amazing Grace and Kindness Day

Tuesday, June 21
Everyone is encouraged to perform your own "act of amazing grace" for someone — anywhere in the city, state, nation and world!

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Part of “Victory in the Valley,” commemorating the Mother Emanuel Nine and honoring the Families, Survivors & Church Members.


A Birthday Celebration for Literacy

Tuesday, June 21 · 4pm · Hurd/St. Andrew's Regional Library, 1735 N. Woodmere Dr.
Enjoy literacy-related birthday events as we celebrate the birthday of 31-year librarian Cynthia Graham Hurd, who was manager of the St. Andrews Regional Library when she was killed at Emanuel AME Church. In addition to cake, crafts and children’s activities, youth attendees will receive a free book donated by Hurd’s sisters and brothers, while the books last. Help celebrate and continue her dream for education and literacy.
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Project Cool Breeze Distribution

Wednesday, June 22 · 11am-4pm · Emanuel AME Church, 110 Calhoun St.
Sponsored by Emanuel AME Church and SC Representative Wendell Gilliard.
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Part of “Victory in the Valley,” commemorating the Mother Emanuel Nine and honoring the Families, Survivors & Church Members.


Ecumenical Bible Study (Part II)

Wednesday, June 22 · 6pm · Emanuel AME Church, 110 Calhoun St.
Led by Rev. Dr. Betty Clark and Rev. Anthony Thompson.
More Information »    (843) 722-2561
Part of “Victory in the Valley,” commemorating the Mother Emanuel Nine and honoring the Families, Survivors & Church Members.


Habitat for Humanity

Thursday, June 23 · 8am-12pm · Pope Francis House
Sponsored by Emanuel AME Church and St. Michael's Episcopal Church at the Pope Francis House.
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Part of “Victory in the Valley,” commemorating the Mother Emanuel Nine and honoring the Families, Survivors & Church Members.


Calling All Colors

Thursday, June 23 · 8:30am-4pm · Emanuel AME Church, 110 Calhoun St.
Sponsored by Emanuel AME Church. For children 10-14 years old. A Celebration of Multiculturalism. Middle school participants and volunteers may register through Eventbrite.com. Concluding activity well be held in front of the church.

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Part of “Victory in the Valley,” commemorating the Mother Emanuel Nine and honoring the Families, Survivors & Church Members.


Voices from the Valley

Friday, June 24 · 6-8:30pm · Emanuel AME Church, 110 Calhoun St.
Racial Justice Panel.
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Part of “Victory in the Valley,” commemorating the Mother Emanuel Nine and honoring the Families, Survivors & Church Members.


Youth Basketball Tournament

Saturday, June 25 · 8am-6pm · Arthur Christopher Community Center, 265 Fishburne St.
For Children 8-15 years old. Co-sponsored by Emanuel AME Church and the City of Charleston Recreation Department.
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Part of “Victory in the Valley,” commemorating the Mother Emanuel Nine and honoring the Families, Survivors & Church Members.


Morning Grace: Coming Home to Mother - Gospel Concert Finale

Saturday, June 25 · 6-8pm · Emanuel AME Church, 110 Calhoun St. · Ticket Required
Featuring Ann Caldwell, Lowcountry Voices, Dr. Desmond Pringle, Mario Desaussure, Sarah Taylor, and Ebenezer AMEC Mighty Male choir.

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Part of “Victory in the Valley,” commemorating the Mother Emanuel Nine and honoring the Families, Survivors & Church Members.


Candlelight Vigil & Service of the Bells

Saturday, June 25 · 8-9pm · Emanuel AME Church, 110 Calhoun St.
Led by St. Michael's Episcopal Church.
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Part of “Victory in the Valley,” commemorating the Mother Emanuel Nine and honoring the Families, Survivors & Church Members.


Ongoing Events & Exhibitions


Mother Emanuel Quilt Exhibition

85 Calhoun St.
In the days and weeks following June 17th, 2015, Mother Emanuel AME Church received an outpouring of support. Visitors from around the world came to Mother Emanuel to express their condolences and left letters, flowers, candles, artwork, posters, and countless other items in front of the church. This exhibition shares a sample of those items, specifically prayer quilts, because Mother Emanuel received over 400, and they are beautiful. Given in love, a prayer quilt is made to warm, soothe, and cover the recipient in prayers. In thanks to those who presented the Mother Emanuel community with gifts, this exhibition presents this selection of items received in an outpouring of compassion and kindness. This exhibition is presented by Mother Emanuel AME, the City of Charleston, and the members of Charleston Archives Libraries and Museum Council.
More Information »    (843) 722-2561

Exhibition Hours  
Saturday, June 18 2pm-7pm
Sunday, June 19 12pm-5pm
Monday-Friday, June 20-24 9:30am-5pm
Monday-Thursday, June 27-30 9:30am-5pm
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Part of “Victory in the Valley,” commemorating the Mother Emanuel Nine and honoring the Families, Survivors & Church Members.


Requiem for Mother Emanuel by Leo Twiggs

City Gallery, 34 Prioleau St.
On view from June 21 to July 31, 2106, the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs presents Requiem for Mother Emanuel, an exhibition of nine paintings by Leo Twiggs, one of the nation’s leading African-American artists. The exhibition brings together nine new works by Leo Twiggs, created in commemoration of the nine victims who lost their lives on June 17, 2015 at Emanuel AME Church. A video produced exclusively for this exhibition will feature the personal commentary of Twiggs, who shares his artistic vision and gives tribute to the extreme grace displayed by the Mother Emanuel family. An artist’s reception will be held on Friday, July 8 from 5-7pm; this event is free and open to the public.
More Information »    (843) 958-6484

Exhibition Hours  
Tuesday to Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday & Sunday 12pm-5pm
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The Life & Legacy of Cynthia Graham Hurd

On view through June 30, 2016 · Main Library Lobby, 68 Calhoun St.
Experience the impact Cynthia Graham Hurd continues to have through an exhibit of gifts, cards and memorials expressing an outpouring of love, sympathy and respect for the life of this 31-year librarian and the legacy she created through the lives she touched and changed in the Charleston community.
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Kindred Kids Woven Mandala

On view through June 30, 2016 · Main Library Lobby, 68 Calhoun St.
View this mandala woven by students in the WINGS Kindred Kids program from North Charleston Elementary and students at Mason Prep. Partnering these groups of students emerged in the wake of the June 2015 Mother Emanuel church tragedy provided a way to help kids from diverse backgrounds understand each other and themselves in new ways.
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Tribute to the Emanuel Nine - A Portrait Project

On view through June 30, 2016 · Principle Gallery Charleston, 125 Meeting St.
In memory of the victims and to honor the one year anniversary, nine artists created portrait tributes to each of the fallen Mother Emanuel Nine. The artists’ goals were to portray the lives of the victims, to capture their stories on canvas, and to dedicate this tribute to their families with hopes to warm their hearts.
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Exhibition Hours  
Monday to Wednesday 10am-6pm
Thursday to Saturday 10am-9pm
Sunday 12-6pm
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The Holy City: Art of Love, Unity & Resurrection

On view through July 17, 2016 · 414 King St.
This exhibition presents an historic exhibition by the Passages Artists Collective, born of the raw emotions of the immediate hours following the Mother Emanuel tragedy. With work by award-winning and critically-acclaimed Black artists, The Holy City is a gallery space turned sanctuary, where all may come to pay tribute to the victims, and reflect upon art that encourages healing, provokes thoughtful discourse, promotes peace, and reveals community.
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Exhibition Hours  
Tuesday to Saturday 11am-6pm
Sunday 1-5pm
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