I went inland on Saturday to the first public event and commemoration of the amazing Grace park, at the Clementa Pinckney Memorial. It is to honor the Emanuel 9 those souls that were struck down in the church in Charleston South Carolina.
Amazing Grace Park is home to a museum, playground, and Pavillion dedicated to the memory of Reverend Senator Clementa Pinckney. Reverend Senator Pinckney spent his childhood summers in Marion county and has strong family ties to the area, making it the appropriate location to place his memorial.*
The park features accessible seating areas and facilities surrounded by walking trails edged in native flowers and foliage. The park is currently under construction with a target open date of mid-summer 2021. *From their website* With Corrective Edits
“For us to be here today, a serious price was paid. Do not allow it to be in vain,” political commentator Armstrong Williams, the older brother of Sen. Williams, told the crowd. “Freedom comes from God, not from man. Make this man’s legacy mean something.”
The park’s name, Amazing Grace, recalls the eulogy President Barack Obama delivered at Pinckney’s funeral in Charleston when he sang the first stanza of the beloved hymn penned in 1772 by an English slave-ship captain who later worked to end slavery.
Following the singing of “Amazing Grace” at the dedication, Bishop Michael Blue noted in his concluding prayer that Clementa means merciful.
“Thank you for a park named Grace because of a man named mercy,” said Blue, of the Door of Hope Christian Church in Marion.