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Charleston Strong

 

On June 17th a man walked into the Emanuel A.M.E. church on Calhoun Street in Charleston, SC and sat for an hour in a Bible study until opening fire and killing nine people including the churches head pastor. The gunman was captured within 24 hours of the shooting. With actions to divide our city, the gunman not only failed in doing so, he actually brought us closer together as a community and a city. Charleston has proved to turn this terrible tragedy and use it to break walls down and bring change to things that are long overdue. I hope that through these nine deaths we can use this to eliminate racism and hate in our city and in our nation.

This is only the beginning. But change has to happen.

Over the next few weeks after this tragedy happened, I photographed a few events honoring those nine victims and joining together as a city to mourn together.

 

The Emanuel A.M.E. church.

Locals gather outside of the Emanuel A.M.E. church to pray on June 19, 2015, Charleston, SC.

A mother and her son pay their respects to the nine victims of the Emanuel A.M.E. Church shootings on June 19, 2015, Charleston, SC.

A woman walks from a prayer vigil to honor the victims of the Emanuel A.M.E. church shootings on June 19, 2015 in Charleston, SC.

Flowers were laid at the steps of the College of Charleston cistern gates to honor the victims of the Emanuel A.M.E. shootings on June 19, 2015 in Charleston, SC.

 

Bridge to Peace

On Sunday June 21st thousands gathered to walk from both sides of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and meet in the middle to honor, remember and celebrate the lives of the 9 victims that were killed the previous Wednesday. I was absolutely amazed to see as many people as I had seen. I knew there would be thousands but I couldn't believe the energy and positivity our city carried with them after this weeks events. The following photographs are a few moments I was able to capture while walking the bridge.

 

This is Larry Gerald who is a local radio host. This man was so amazing to listen too and watch engage the crowd before him. He spoke about how change needed to happen in this generation and in our society today.

A women sits on a bench as people walk up the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge to show support for the 9 victims of the Emanuel A.M.E. shootings on June 21, 2015, Charleston, SC.

“NO EXCUSES, NO EXCUSES” — Woman pictured above with a prosthetic leg. She was incredible.

I love this city so much.

Supporters sing and join hands at the top of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge to celebrate and honor the lives of the nine victims of the Emanuel A.M.E. Church shooting.

We are the Holy City.

 

Thank you.

Being born and raised here in Charleston and being able to document these events has been an a absolute blessing. I am so proud of my city and how we have shown incredible love through this terrible act of terrorism. I feel that I am part of history as I type this and I feel that this is just the beginning of something bigger than I could ever imagine. Change is coming. An awakening is coming for this generation and I can’t wait to be apart of what God is doing in this city.

It is such a blessing to tell these stories. #CharlestonStrong