Prisoners of our own history: A tale of two South Carolina cities

June 23, 2015  •  14 Comments

Emanuel AME Church - Charleston, SCEmanuel AME Church - Charleston, SCFriday night in Charleston, SC outside of Emanuel AME Church after Wednesday's racially motivated mass shooting at the iconic black church at the heart of the city.
Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford

 

It's been less than a week since Dylann Roof shot and killed nine parishioners at the most historic church in the Holy City. The following morning and about one hundred miles northwest of the scene of the racially motivated massacre, the South Carolina Senate gathered without one of their most beloved, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, a victim in the shooting. Outside on the statehouse grounds the Confederate flag unfurled at the intersection of Route #1 and Main Street. For the next five days the cities would grieve, rally and set examples while trying to escape from being prisoners of their own history.

 

Emanuel AME Church - Charleston, SC - June 21, 2015Emanuel AME Church - Charleston, SC - June 21, 2015Mourners respond at Mother Emanuel with a stream of flowers, song and prayer on Sunday night in Charleston, South Carolina. Thousands have come honor the nine killed in the the Holy City Massacre, a racially motivated rampage that has stunned the charming southern town and reignited the question of race in the American South. Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015People respond with song and prayer on Friday night in Charleston, SC in response to the mass shooting at Emanuel AME Church earlier in the week. , SC. 6/19/14

Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford
South Carolina SenateSouth Carolina SenateCOLUMBIA, SC - JUNE 18: South Carolina state senators and staffers fight back tears in the senate chambers June 18, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. Legislators gathered Thursday morning to honor their co-worker Clementa Pinckney and the eight others killed yesterday at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images) Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - PhotosEmanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - PhotosFriday night in Charleston, SC outside of Emanuel AME Church after Wednesday's racially motivated mass shooting at the iconic black church at the heart of the city.
Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford
Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Mourners respond at Mother Emanuel with a stream of flowers, song and prayer on Sunday night in Charleston, South Carolina. Thousands have come honor the nine killed in the the Holy City Massacre, a racially motivated rampage that has stunned the charming southern town and reignited the question of race in the American South. Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford Confederate Flag - Columbia, South CarolinaConfederate Flag - Columbia, South CarolinaCOLUMBIA, SC - JUNE 18: The South Carolina and American flags fly at half mast as the Confederate flag unfurls below at the Confederate Monument June 18, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. Legislators gathered Thursday morning to honor their co-worker Clementa Pinckney and the eight others killed yesterday at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images) Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Mourners respond at Mother Emanuel with a stream of flowers, song and prayer on Sunday night in Charleston, South Carolina. Thousands have come honor the nine killed in the the Holy City Massacre, a racially motivated rampage that has stunned the charming southern town and reignited the question of race in the American South. Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Mourners respond at Mother Emanuel with a stream of flowers, song and prayer on Sunday night in Charleston, South Carolina. Thousands have come honor the nine killed in the the Holy City Massacre, a racially motivated rampage that has stunned the charming southern town and reignited the question of race in the American South. Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford Take Down the Flag Rally - Columbia, SCTake Down the Flag Rally - Columbia, SCOver one thousand people gathered at the South Carolina Statehouse on Saturday night in Columbia, SC to show their support for the removal of the Confederate Flag from the capital grounds. The flag was originally placed atop the statehouse dome in 1961 and then relocated in 2000 to the Confederate Monument at the intersection of Main Street and Route #1. 6/20/2015

Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford
Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Mourners respond at Mother Emanuel with a stream of flowers, song and prayer on Sunday night in Charleston, South Carolina. Thousands have come honor the nine killed in the the Holy City Massacre, a racially motivated rampage that has stunned the charming southern town and reignited the question of race in the American South. Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford Emanuel AME Church - Charleston, SCEmanuel AME Church - Charleston, SCFriday night in Charleston, SC outside of Emanuel AME Church after Wednesday's racially motivated mass shooting at the iconic black church at the heart of the city.
Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford
Emanuel AME Church - Charleston, SCEmanuel AME Church - Charleston, SCFriday night in Charleston, SC outside of Emanuel AME Church after Wednesday's racially motivated mass shooting at the iconic black church at the heart of the city.
Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford
South Carolina SenateSouth Carolina SenateCOLUMBIA, SC - JUNE 18: South Carolina State Senator Joel Lourie (L) comforts Gerald Malloy in the senate chambers June 18, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. Legislators gathered Thursday morning to honor their co-worker Clementa Pinckney and the eight others killed yesterday at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images) Take Down the Flaf Rally - Columbia, SCTake Down the Flaf Rally - Columbia, SCOver one thousand people gathered at the South Carolina Statehouse on Saturday night in Columbia, SC to show their support for the removal of the Confederate Flag from the capital grounds. The flag was originally placed atop the statehouse dome in 1961 and then relocated in 2000 to the Confederate Monument at the intersection of Main Street and Route #1. 6/20/2015

Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford
Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Mourners respond at Mother Emanuel with a stream of flowers, song and prayer on Sunday night in Charleston, South Carolina. Thousands have come honor the nine killed in the the Holy City Massacre, a racially motivated rampage that has stunned the charming southern town and reignited the question of race in the American South. Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford Eastover, South CarolinaEastover, South CarolinaEASTOVER, SC - JUNE 18: JUNE 18, 2015 in Eastover, South Carolina. The last known address of Dylann Storm Roof, the Charleston Church shooting suspect faces the heavily traveled Garners Ferry Road in Eastover, South Carolina. Roof was apprehended in Shelby, North Carolina 14 hours after the mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images) Take Down the Flag RallyTake Down the Flag RallyLaw enforcement approach demonstrators before they learn flags are fire retardant. Over one thousand people gathered at the South Carolina Statehouse on Saturday night in Columbia, SC to show their support for the removal of the Confederate Flag from the capital grounds. The flag was originally placed atop the statehouse dome in 1961 and then relocated in 2000 to the Confederate Monument at the intersection of Main Street and Route #1. 6/20/2015

Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford
Emanuel AME Church - Charleston, SCEmanuel AME Church - Charleston, SCFriday night in Charleston, SC outside of Emanuel AME Church after Wednesday's racially motivated mass shooting at the iconic black church at the heart of the city.
Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford
Take Down the Flag Rally - Columbia, SCTake Down the Flag Rally - Columbia, SCOver one thousand people gathered at the South Carolina Statehouse on Saturday night in Columbia, SC to show their support for the removal of the Confederate Flag from the capital grounds. The flag was originally placed atop the statehouse dome in 1961 and then relocated in 2000 to the Confederate Monument at the intersection of Main Street and Route #1. 6/20/2015

Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford
Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Mourners respond at Mother Emanuel with a stream of flowers, song and prayer on Sunday night in Charleston, South Carolina. Thousands have come honor the nine killed in the the Holy City Massacre, a racially motivated rampage that has stunned the charming southern town and reignited the question of race in the American South. Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford Emanuel AME Church - Charleston, SCEmanuel AME Church - Charleston, SCFriday night in Charleston, SC outside of Emanuel AME Church after Wednesday's racially motivated mass shooting at the iconic black church at the heart of the city.
Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford
South Carolina SenateSouth Carolina SenateCOLUMBIA, SC - JUNE 18: South Carolina State Senator Ronnie Sabb wipes a tear in the senate chambers June 18, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. Legislators gathered Thursday morning to honor their co-worker Clementa Pinckney and the eight others killed yesterday at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images) Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Mourners respond at Mother Emanuel with a stream of flowers, song and prayer on Sunday night in Charleston, South Carolina. Thousands have come honor the nine killed in the the Holy City Massacre, a racially motivated rampage that has stunned the charming southern town and reignited the question of race in the American South. Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Mourners respond at Mother Emanuel with a stream of flowers, song and prayer on Sunday night in Charleston, South Carolina. Thousands have come honor the nine killed in the the Holy City Massacre, a racially motivated rampage that has stunned the charming southern town and reignited the question of race in the American South. Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford Take Down the Flag Rally - Columbia, SCTake Down the Flag Rally - Columbia, SCOver one thousand people gathered at the South Carolina Statehouse on Saturday night in Columbia, SC to show their support for the removal of the Confederate Flag from the capital grounds. The flag was originally placed atop the statehouse dome in 1961 and then relocated in 2000 to the Confederate Monument at the intersection of Main Street and Route #1. 6/20/2015

Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford
Emanuel AME Church - Charleston, SCEmanuel AME Church - Charleston, SCFriday night in Charleston, SC outside of Emanuel AME Church after Wednesday's racially motivated mass shooting at the iconic black church at the heart of the city.
Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford
Confederate Flag Press Conference - Nikki Haley - SCConfederate Flag Press Conference - Nikki Haley - SCNikki Haley announced during a Monday afternoon press conference at the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia, SC that "It's time to move the flag from the capital grounds." The decision to address the issue comes five days following the "Holy City Massacre" in Charleston. Photos by South Carolina Photographer Sean Rayford Confederate Flag RallyConfederate Flag RallyOver one thousand people gathered at the South Carolina Statehouse on Saturday night in Columbia, SC to show their support for the removal of the Confederate Flag from the capital grounds. The flag was originally placed atop the statehouse dome in 1961 and then relocated in 2000 to the Confederate Monument at the intersection of Main Street and Route #1. 6/20/2015

Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford
Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Mourners respond at Mother Emanuel with a stream of flowers, song and prayer on Sunday night in Charleston, South Carolina. Thousands have come honor the nine killed in the the Holy City Massacre, a racially motivated rampage that has stunned the charming southern town and reignited the question of race in the American South. Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford COLUMBIA, SC - JUNE 18: South Carolina State Senator Kent Williams wipes a tear in the senate chambers June 18, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. Legislators gathered Thursday morning to honor their co-worker Clementa Pinckney and the eight others killed yesterday at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images) Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Mourners respond at Mother Emanuel with a stream of flowers, song and prayer on Sunday night in Charleston, South Carolina. Thousands have come honor the nine killed in the the Holy City Massacre, a racially motivated rampage that has stunned the charming southern town and reignited the question of race in the American South. Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford Confederate Flag Press Conference - Nikki Haley - SCConfederate Flag Press Conference - Nikki Haley - SCNikki Haley announced during a Monday afternoon press conference at the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia, SC that "It's time to move the flag from the capital grounds." The decision to address the issue comes five days following the "Holy City Massacre" in Charleston. Photos by South Carolina Photographer Sean Rayford Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Mourners respond at Mother Emanuel with a stream of flowers, song and prayer on Sunday night in Charleston, South Carolina. Thousands have come honor the nine killed in the the Holy City Massacre, a racially motivated rampage that has stunned the charming southern town and reignited the question of race in the American South. Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford   Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Mourners respond at Mother Emanuel with a stream of flowers, song and prayer on Sunday night in Charleston, South Carolina. Thousands have come honor the nine killed in the the Holy City Massacre, a racially motivated rampage that has stunned the charming southern town and reignited the question of race in the American South. Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Mourners respond at Mother Emanuel with a stream of flowers, song and prayer on Sunday night in Charleston, South Carolina. Thousands have come honor the nine killed in the the Holy City Massacre, a racially motivated rampage that has stunned the charming southern town and reignited the question of race in the American South. Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Mourners respond at Mother Emanuel with a stream of flowers, song and prayer on Sunday night in Charleston, South Carolina. Thousands have come honor the nine killed in the the Holy City Massacre, a racially motivated rampage that has stunned the charming southern town and reignited the question of race in the American South. Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford Confederate Flag Press Conference - Nikki Haley - SCConfederate Flag Press Conference - Nikki Haley - SCNikki Haley announced during a Monday afternoon press conference at the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia, SC that "It's time to move the flag from the capital grounds." The decision to address the issue comes five days following the "Holy City Massacre" in Charleston. Photos by South Carolina Photographer Sean Rayford Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Mourners respond at Mother Emanuel with a stream of flowers, song and prayer on Sunday night in Charleston, South Carolina. Thousands have come honor the nine killed in the the Holy City Massacre, a racially motivated rampage that has stunned the charming southern town and reignited the question of race in the American South. Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Mourners respond at Mother Emanuel with a stream of flowers, song and prayer on Sunday night in Charleston, South Carolina. Thousands have come honor the nine killed in the the Holy City Massacre, a racially motivated rampage that has stunned the charming southern town and reignited the question of race in the American South. Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford Confederate Flag Press Conference - Nikki Haley - SCConfederate Flag Press Conference - Nikki Haley - SCNikki Haley announced during a Monday afternoon press conference at the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia, SC that "It's time to move the flag from the capital grounds." The decision to address the issue comes five days following the "Holy City Massacre" in Charleston. Photos by South Carolina Photographer Sean Rayford Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Mourners respond at Mother Emanuel with a stream of flowers, song and prayer on Sunday night in Charleston, South Carolina. Thousands have come honor the nine killed in the the Holy City Massacre, a racially motivated rampage that has stunned the charming southern town and reignited the question of race in the American South. Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford Confederate Flag Press Conference - Nikki Haley - SCConfederate Flag Press Conference - Nikki Haley - SCNikki Haley announced during a Monday afternoon press conference at the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia, SC that "It's time to move the flag from the capital grounds." The decision to address the issue comes five days following the "Holy City Massacre" in Charleston. Photos by South Carolina Photographer Sean Rayford South Carolina Statehouse - Columbia, SCSouth Carolina Statehouse - Columbia, SCThe sun sets on the the Confederate Flag as it flies at the South Carolina Statehouse after Governor Nikki Haley declared earlier in the day, "It's time to move the flag from the capital grounds. The announcement comes six days after the "Holy City Massacre." 6/22/2015

Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford
Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Mourners respond at Mother Emanuel with a stream of flowers, song and prayer on Sunday night in Charleston, South Carolina. Thousands have come honor the nine killed in the the Holy City Massacre, a racially motivated rampage that has stunned the charming southern town and reignited the question of race in the American South. Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford Confederate Flag Press Conference - Nikki Haley - SCConfederate Flag Press Conference - Nikki Haley - SCNikki Haley announced during a Monday afternoon press conference at the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia, SC that "It's time to move the flag from the capital grounds." The decision to address the issue comes five days following the "Holy City Massacre" in Charleston. Photos by South Carolina Photographer Sean Rayford Take Down the Flag Rally - Columbia, SCTake Down the Flag Rally - Columbia, SCOver one thousand people gathered at the South Carolina Statehouse on Saturday night in Columbia, SC to show their support for the removal of the Confederate Flag from the capital grounds. The flag was originally placed atop the statehouse dome in 1961 and then relocated in 2000 to the Confederate Monument at the intersection of Main Street and Route #1. 6/20/2015

Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford
Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Mourners respond at Mother Emanuel with a stream of flowers, song and prayer on Sunday night in Charleston, South Carolina. Thousands have come honor the nine killed in the the Holy City Massacre, a racially motivated rampage that has stunned the charming southern town and reignited the question of race in the American South. Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Mourners respond at Mother Emanuel with a stream of flowers, song and prayer on Sunday night in Charleston, South Carolina. Thousands have come honor the nine killed in the the Holy City Massacre, a racially motivated rampage that has stunned the charming southern town and reignited the question of race in the American South. Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford Take Down the Flag - Columbia, SCTake Down the Flag - Columbia, SCOver one thousand people gathered at the South Carolina Statehouse on Saturday night in Columbia, SC to show their support for the removal of the Confederate Flag from the capital grounds. The flag was originally placed atop the statehouse dome in 1961 and then relocated in 2000 to the Confederate Monument at the intersection of Main Street and Route #1. 6/20/2015

Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford
Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Emanuel AME Church - Charleston SC - June 21 2015Mourners respond at Mother Emanuel with a stream of flowers, song and prayer on Sunday night in Charleston, South Carolina. Thousands have come honor the nine killed in the the Holy City Massacre, a racially motivated rampage that has stunned the charming southern town and reignited the question of race in the American South. Photos by South Carolina photographer Sean Rayford Confederate Flag Press Conference - Nikki Haley - SCConfederate Flag Press Conference - Nikki Haley - SCNikki Haley announced during a Monday afternoon press conference at the South Carolina Statehouse in Columbia, SC that "It's time to move the flag from the capital grounds." The decision to address the issue comes five days following the "Holy City Massacre" in Charleston. Photos by South Carolina Photographer Sean Rayford


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13.Life As We Know It Teen Blog(non-registered)
Amazing pictures. Keep up the good work Sean!
12.D McDaniel(non-registered)
Thank you.
11.Emilia(non-registered)
Stunning piece. Thank you for sharing.
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beautiful images
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