BEAUFORT, S.C. (WCBD) — Ahead of the one year anniversary of the mass shooting at Mother Emanuel, multiple faiths and denominations came together to honor the 9 lost a year ago.
The ceremony took place in the hometown of Reverend Clementa Pinckney at the historic Grace Chapel A.M.E. church.
Reverend Pinckney also served as a State Senator to Beaufort and Jasper Counties.
The memorial ceremony was organized by the Beaufort United Interfaith Coalition which came together a year ago after a similar memorial.
At Thursday’s ceremony, a leader from 9 different Beaufort churches came forward to light a candle for each of the victims. As they said their name, a picture was shown and the crowd repeated “we remember” in unison.
The theme of the service was “Remembering, Uplifting, Moving Forward.” Each of those topics were addressed by keynote speakers, including former state senator Bakari Sellers and S.C. Civil Liberties President Joseph Darby.
The coalition says they hope to continue to meet regularly and find more ways to unify the community.