CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - In their newest effort, members of the Charleston community banded together, painting a new city mural in honor of the nine victims killed during the mass shooting at Emanuel AME Church.
The project, which reads Charleston Strong, is on Rutledge Street near Grove Street, and features a rendition of Gil Shuler's "Nine Doves," an image widely known as a symbol of healing following the tragedy.
"I felt a deep sorrow for what had happened," Shuler said of the shooting.
"It was a real release."
Citadel Fine Arts Director Tiffany Silverman spearheaded the mural project, inviting community leaders, residents, and students to paint a dove of their own along the Rutledge wall.
Wednesday, Charleston Mayor Joe Riley was joined by Sen. Marlon Kimpson and Rep. Wendell Gilliard, painting the mural's first batch, followed by the release of nine live doves, one in honor of each victim killed in the shooting.
"The city has been through so much lately," Silverman said. "This wall has been crying out for transformation."
The mural project is also part of The Citadel's Leadership Day 2015, which includes 1,200 cadets offering volunteer service to more than 30 community agencies, and dozens of schools.
Community members interested in painting a dove on the mural can drop in Friday, October 23 between 9 a.m. and Noon, or Sunday, October 25 between 1-4 p.m.
The mural project is free and open to the public, and all ages, experience levels are welcome.