Earlier today a jury convicted Dylann Roof of the murder of nine churchgoers that took place at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina on June 17, 2015. The same jury will decide early next year whether Mr. Roof deserves the death penalty for his actions.
Let’s take a minute to remember the nine innocent victims of this young man’s racial hatred that was so closely wrapped up in Confederate symbolism.
Cynthia Marie Graham Hurd (54) – Bible study member and manager for the Charleston County Public Library system
Susie Jackson (87) – a Bible study and church choir member.
Ethel Lee Lance (70) – the church’s sexton.
Depayne Middleton-Doctor (49) – a pastor who was also employed as a school administrator and admissions coordinator at Southern Wesleyan University.
Clementa C. Pinckney (41) – the church’s pastor and a South Carolina state senator.
Tywanza Sanders (26) – a Bible study member; grandnephew of Susie Jackson.
Daniel Simmons (74) – a pastor who also served at Greater Zion AME Church in Awendaw.
Sharonda Coleman-Singleton (45) – a pastor; also a speech therapist and track coach at Goose Creek High School.
Myra Thompson (59) – a Bible study teacher.
Given that this is a blog about Civil War memory it is also appropriate to re-visit President Obama’s words about the meaning of the Confederate flag and its place in another in a long line of racial violence, hatred, and discrimination.