‘Emanuel Way’ resolution to be introduced to City Council on Tuesday

Updated: Sep. 8, 2015 at 2:00 AM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A spokesman for Charleston City Councilman William Dudley Gregorie says the councilman will introduce a resolution on Tuesday's meeting calling for the creation of the "Mother Emanuel Way Memorial District."

"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 released Monday night.

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."

Gregorie said he hopes the city will erect signs as soon as possible designating the district along Calhoun Street between Meeting and Concord streets.

Last week Solicitor Scarlett Wilson said she would be seeking the death penalty against Dylann Roof, the man accused in the killings.

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