With the one-year anniversary of the Emanuel AME Church shootings approaching next month, a mural honoring the victims has been unveiled on the side of a building a few blocks from the sanctuary.
According to the Post and Courier, the mural by noted artist and Columbia native Tripp Barnes unveiled Friday shows a portrait of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney. Pinckney was Emanuel AME’s pastor and one of the nine shooting victims.
The mural shows a black-and-white portrait of the pastor against a background of rainbow colors. It also shows a palmetto tree with nine doves ascending into the sky, a symbol often used to commemorate the church in the months afterwards.
The nine doves represent the nine Emanuel parishioners who were gunned down attending a Bible study on June 17.
It also features a quote from Pinckney, who was also a state senator. “Across the South, we have a deep appreciation of history — we haven’t always had a deep appreciation of each other’s history.”
The quote was referenced by President Barack Obama during his eulogy for Pinckney.