With Thanksgiving coming next week, Gov. Nikki Haley on Tuesday announced a day of prayer vigils throughout the state.
Haley set the date of the vigils for Nov. 22.
Two significant criminal trials with racial overtones are proceeding in Charleston, and many families along the coast and throughout the Pee Dee are still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Matthew.
The governor, working with leaders of the faith community, says she urges everyone regardless of their faith or denomination to pray for continued strength and healing across the state and to give thanks for the state’s blessings.
The state trial of Michael Slager, the former North Charleston police officer charged in last year’s shooting death of motorist Walter Scott is underway. Meanwhile, a competency hearing is set for Thursday in the federal trial of Dylann Roof, who faces 33 charges for the killing of nine people during a June 2015 Bible study at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.
Prayer vigils will be held in individual places of worship at noon Tuesday, when bells will ring in observance of services statewide.