CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston City Council voted unanimously to pass a resolution to create the Mother Emanuel Way District in honor of the nine people who were killed in a shooting at the downtown Charleston AME church.
Councilman William Dudley Gregorie introduced the resolution at Tuesday's meeting which comprises of the district along Calhoun Street between Meeting and Concord streets.
"The resolution will honor the memories of the Emanuel Nine 'whose lives give us a lasting and living legacy of forgiveness that will guide not only the Mother Emanuel AME Church but also the citizens of the City, the State of South Carolina and the nation,'" the councilman said in a statement.
In addition, Gregorie said the resolution will also remember "the lives of five church members who must not be forgotten as we pay tribute to the fallen."
"The nine members of Mother Emanuel were slain June 17. The tragedy claimed the lives of the church's pastor and State Sen. Clementa Pinckney, Cynthia Graham Hurd, Susie Jackson, Tywanza Sanders, Ethel Lance, Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, Rev. Daniel L. Simmons Sr., Rev. Sharonda Singleton and Rev. Myra Thompson. They were killed during Bible study," the statement continued.