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Colleton County to honor Rev. Clementa Pinckney and eight other victims of fatal shooting

Saturday, June 27, 2015- 2:00 p.m. Colleton County High School Performing Arts Center

Local government, community leaders, and clergy have joined with the Walterboro A.M.E. Church to honor the late Honorable Rev. Clementa Pinckney, South Carolina State Senator from District 45, and the eight other victims from last Wednesday’s fatal shooting.  The victims will be honored on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Colleton County High School.

Pinckney will be honored with remarks from members of Colleton County Council, the City of Walterboro, the Colleton County Election Delegation, A.M.E. Clergy and Pastor Leon Maxwell, President of the A.M.E. Minister’s Alliance.

There will be three viewings this week for Rev. Pinckney: Wednesday, June 24th from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Rotunda of the Statehouse in Columbia; Thursday, June 25th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. John AME Church of Ridgeland; and Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Emanuel AME Church, 110 Calhoun St., Charleston.

Pinckney’s funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at TD Arena at the College of Charleston. Interment will follow at St. James AME Church of Marion. According to media reports released via the White House, President Barack Obama will deliver the eulogy Friday at the Rev. Clementa Pinckney’s funeral. First Lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are also expected to attend the services.

In a special called meeting of Colleton County Council on Wednesday, June 24th, at noon, the members voted (three yes votes, one abstain) in support of Governor Nikki Haley’s request for the removal of the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds. The Council also approved a resolution be drafted and presented in honor of the legacy of Senator Clementa Pinckney. Additionally, County Council will be establishing an account locally, through which Colleton County residents may contribute to the Mother Emanuel Fund. A further discussion will be held in the next meeting regarding the possibility of recognizing and honoring Pinckney’s contributions toward securing the funds for our local Farmer’s Market; possibly by naming a portion of the grounds in his memory.

Cindy Crosby (606 Posts)