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The scene outside Emanuel A.M.E. Church on Sunday, June 21, 2015 This page is an archive of ETV Radio and NPR reports related to the killing of nine members of Emanuel A. M. E. Church in Charleston, SC, on June 17, 2015.

'Mother Emmanuel' Over Time Has Been a Place of Worship and Political Action

Memorials outside Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston on Sunday, June 21, 2015.
Linda O'Bryon

  The killing of nine members of Emanuel A.M.E. Church last week turned the nation’s attention Charleston, South Carolina, and, in no small measure to their church home. “Mother Emanuel,” as it is known, was established in the 19th century and has long been important to Charleston’s African American community. Historian Walter Edgar with Dr. Bobby Donaldson of USC and Dr. Jon N. Hale of the College of Charleston about Emanuel A.M.E. Church.

Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar received his B.A. degree from Davidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.