CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Officials with the Charleston County Public Library say the Main Library on 68 Calhoun Street will be closed from Thursday through Saturday due to planned street closures and traffic expected because of the upcoming wakes and funerals for the nine individuals who lost their life in last week's shooting at the Mother Emanuel AME Church.
CCPL officials released the following information Thursday afternoon:
The library had already announced the closure of all 16 branches on Saturday, June 27, so employees can attend the funeral of Cynthia Graham Hurd, a 31-year employee of the library who was one of those killed. Her funeral is set for 11 a.m. Saturday at the Emanuel AME Church, 110 Calhoun Street, Charleston.
The Main Library is just about a block down Calhoun Street from the church site, which has become an impromptu memorial for thousands visiting to pay their respects and honor those lost in the tragic shooting. With the additional influx of visitors expected for the upcoming funerals, local officials decided to close all roads near the church, including all streets leading to the Main Library.
Hurd was a career librarian and community leader, having served as manager of the John L. Dart Branch from 1990-2011 and manager of the St. Andrews Regional Library since 2011.
Her wake is Friday, June 26 from 8:30-10 p.m. at Emanuel AME Church, and her funeral is set for Saturday, June 27 at 11 a.m. with burial in the church cemetery on Huguenin Avenue, Charleston.