SAVANNAH, Ga (WSAV-TV) – It has been ten months since nine members of Mother Emanuel ame Church were shot and killed. today, a church in Savannah unveiled a mural that will be sent in honor of the nine of Charleston.
You may have noticed the images around Savannah promoting anti-violence. The Youth City of Savannah is expanding the Walls of Hope campaign by supporting victims of the Mother Emanuel AME Church shooting.
“Even if we push the walls of hope here in Savannah for positive change, that positive change can go abroad,” says Beverlee Trotter of Savannah Youth City.
Positive change was a message that the First African Baptist Church has been carrying in Savannah for over a century. Pastor Thurmond Tillman, who marks more than thirty-four years of leadership, continued this tradition.
“We have not forgotten and we still pray for these families and pray that our nation will be healed from all kinds of racial conflict and things that will divide us, and we truly unite,” the church head said. .
The mural was painted by local artist Panhandle Slim to represent the New Charleston. He will be sent back to church to forever leave a mark of Savannah’s support for his sister city.
“I thought I was going to go back when there was no one there and that’s what this painting is going to be, it is going to come back for the families for the church for the community,” says Scott Stanton, also known under the name Panhandle Slim.
A community which now extends beyond the walls of Mother Emanuel AME.
The tragedy still weighs heavily on everyone’s minds, but encourages them to support each other and move forward for peace.
“We are constantly living with it, so it’s good for us to see that people really care, that it’s not just an event, it’s something that will change our lives forever and that’s something. thing that has changed us for the good for the better, ”says Rev Dr. Brenda Nelson who comes from Mother Emanuel AME to accept the mural.
Savannah Youth City expects the mural to be delivered to the Charleston Church around June, around the first anniversary of the church shooting.