Remembering the Emanuel Nine

Charleston mourns Reverend SC Senator Clementa Pinckney & eight parishioners
Mother Emanuel AME Church


The Fort Sumter-Fort Moultrie Historical Trust expresses its deep sorrow over the tragic loss of nine devout Charlestonians gathered for worship and study at historic Mother Emanuel AME Church.  The Reverend SC Senator Clementa Pinckney and eight parishioners were shot and killed on June 17 at an evening Bible study. Our hearts are broken by this horrific act. Pastor Pinckney gave the sermon at the Interfaith Memorial Service honoring the Civil War Dead at Hampton Park - part of the 150th Commemoration of the End of the Civil War.

Pictured are Citadel Chaplain Joel Harris, Reverend Pinckney & Yale Professor David Blight at the April 19 memorial service. It is overwhelmingly painful that two months after examining the legacies of the Civil War, Rev. Pinckney is murdered by an avowed white supremacist.  Dr. Blight has written an essay about the memorial service for the Atlantic Monthly. Click here for the essay link: A Martyr of Reconciliation.  Charleston City Council William Gregorie Dudley's staff recorded & posted Pinckney's presentation.

You can help support the congregation and families of the victims by sending a check to the Mother Emanuel Hope Fund, c/o City of Charleston, PO Box 304, Charleston, SC 29402.

The 150th commemoration of the End of the American Civil War was a meaningful time for Charleston. The Symposium dialogue of examining the legacies of that war and how they impact society today has been thrown to the forefront of public discourse after the tragic shootings at Mother Emanuel AME Church. The Fort Sumter - Fort Moultrie Historical Trust will continue to be a part of examining how our shared history affects our world today. We grieve for our community and appreciate your continued support.