Part Southern charm and part trendy culinary and musical scene, Charleston, South Carolina, blends early American history with a youthful ambiance punctuated by speakeasy-themed bars and casually chic cafes. Visitors frequently begin their explorations in the city’s French Quarter lined with cobblestone streets and churches and the iconic Drayton Hall Plantation beguiled with Georgian-Palladian architecture. Historic homes in the Battery District such as the Heyward-Washington House and Middleton Place, home to signers of the Declaration of Independence, tell a lot of history. Fort Sumter National Monument commemorates the location where the first shots were fired that started the American Civil War on April 12, 1861. The city is famous for its Southern cuisine, restaurants and welcoming people. We enjoyed excellent dinners at Husk, Southern Living’s South’s Best Restaurants 2017, and The Ordinary, widely known for its fresh seafood.
“This memorial arises out of a collaboration between the board of officers of the Sumter Guard and Washington Light Infantry, the City of Charleston, and the Charlston Jewish Federation. It is erected to remember those who were murdered in the Holocaust in Europe between 1933 – 1945, and to honor the survivors who came to South Carolina to rebuild their lives.
“The denial of human rights, combined with advanced technology and a pity less willing to dominate others, caused the death of innocent millions in the annihilation of most of the Jews of Europe.
“We remember the holocaust to alert ourselves to the dangers of prejudice, to express our outrage at the scourge of racism, and to warn the world that racism can lead to genocide.” – Holocaust Memorial, Marion Park, Charleston, South Carolina
The oldest African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church in the south, Emmanuel A.M.E. Church was organized as Hampstead Free African Church in 1818 by Reverend Morris Brown. After seceding from the Methodist Church, Charlestonians organized three churches that were named collectively the ”Bethel Circuit“. Reverend Brown and other African-American ministers then sought to have the Hampstead Free African Church affiliated with Reverend Richard Allen‘s African Church movement in Philadelphia. In 1865 Bethel Circuit acquired the present site on Boundary Street (now Calhoun Street) and constructed a wooden church under the direction of its minister, Richard Harvey Cain. The church was renamed “Emanuel“ meaning “God with us“. Emmanuel A.M.E. Church has the oldest African-American congregation south of Baltimore, Maryland.
“The Charleston church shooting (also known as the Charleston church massacre) was a mass shooting in which white supremacist Dylan Roof murdered nine African Americans at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, United States, on the evening of June 17, 2015. Roof, a 21-year-old domestic terrorist and white supremacist, killed nine people (including the senior pastor, state senator Clementa C. Pickney) during a prayer service. Three other victims survived. The morning after the attack, police arrested Roof in Shelby, North Carolina. Roof confessed to committing the shooting in the hope of igniting a race war. The shooting targeted one of the United States’ oldest black churches, which has long been a site for community organization around civil rights. Roof was found competent to stand trial in federal court, and in December 2016 was convicted of 33 federal hate crime and murder charges stemming from the shooting. On January 10, 2017, he was sentenced to death. Roof was separately charged with nine counts of murder in the South Carolina state courts. In April 2017, Roof pleaded guilty to all nine state charges in order to avoid a second death sentence and was sentenced to life imprisonment for each, clearing the way for his eventual federal execution.” – Wikipedia
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