CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Less than four months after leaving office as the longtime mayor of Charleston, Joe Riley, Jr. was inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame.
Riley was inducted in a ceremony at the Citadel on Wednesday, along with the late enslaved potter David Drake.
"Any recognition I receive is recognition for the citizens of the city of Charleston," Riley said. "Nothing that I accomplished here was done by me; it was done by the citizens, and by working with the citizens."
The South Carolina Hall of Fame Trustees said they chose Riley because of his unprecedented 10 terms as mayor. The group also cited a substantial decrease in crime, a revitalization of the historic downtown business district, and Riley's leadership in the days following the massacre at Emanuel AME Church.
Riley is the 94th inductee into the Hall of Fame, which is located at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.