CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on a resolution to honor the nine members of Emanuel A.M.E Church killed in a mass shooting in June.
If approved, the resolution will establish an annual nine day observance beginning June 17, 2016, a release from Councilman William Dudley Gregorie states.
The day would honor the victims, who included the church's pastor, State Sen. and the Rev. Clementa Carlos Pinckney, Cynthia Graham Hurd, Susie Jackson, Tywanza Sanders, Ethel Lance, DePayne Middleton-Doctor, the Rev. Daniel L. Simmons Sr., Sharonda Singleton and the Rev. Myra Thompson.
The resolution also calls for the planting of one live oak tree on each of the nine days at nine separate locations throughout the city. The live oak, the councilman said, is a symbol of Lowcountry resilience.
Gregorie, who submitted the resolution and is also a trustee at the church, says Mother Emanuel has suffered setbacks throughout history.
"Although the Church lost nine of its souls, Mother Emanuel as it always has done will recover," he says.
Gregorie says he plans to add two amendments to the resolution he during the Council meeting. The first calls for the planting of a live oak tree for each of the three survivors, while the second calls for research into what would be needed to change the name of Calhoun Street to "Emanuel Way."
Changing the street's name to "Emanuel Way" would "establish a permanent memorial and extend more grace to the victims' families and the survivors," Gregorie says.
If the resolution is approved, a copy of it will go to each of the families and the Church.