CHARLESTON, S.C. – A new mural honoring the nine black parishioners fatally shot in a Charleston, South Carolina, church has been completed a little more than a month before the shooting’s first anniversary.
The mural by noted artist Tripp Derrick Barnes appears on the side of a building a few blocks away from the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Unveiled Friday, the mural shows a portrait of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, the church’s pastor and one of the victims, against a background of rainbow colors.
At one end is a palmetto tree with nine doves ascending into the sky, an image that has come to represent the victims following the June 17 shooting.
Police say the attack by 21-year-old Dylann Roof was racially motivated. Roof faces nine counts of murder in state court and dozens of federal charges.