They are words from people who didn’t know what to say, and gifts from people who didn’t know what to do. Thousands upon thousands of items—letters, cards, drawings, quilts woven with care and grief.
They have poured into Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, in the months since nine black parishioners were shot to death, allegedly by a white man who had joined them for a Bible study.
Liz Alston, the church historian, spent some time with Fusion to show some of the memorabilia, and to describe what it has meant to a congregation struggling to heal.
“I’ve never seen so many expressions of love and sympathy in every form,” she says. “People pouring out their soul for Emanuel. I think it’s just wonderful.”
(Production, camera, and editing: Kelly Creedon)