Charleston said farewell and thank you to Mayor Joe Riley in the form of a Sunday celebration. Hundreds came to Brittle Bank park to honor Riley’s 40 years as Mayor.
Charlestonians and even folks from around the Lowcountry made the trip to the Peninsula to sign a yearbook for Riley and take photos with him. “He’s done a lot for the city of Charleston,” said Rudy Maxwell who drove from Hollywood.
“The event was supposed to be held two weeks ago, but the historic rains and flooding that followed postponed it. “Nothing can be fitting for a mayor that’s been 40 years in the making, but this has been a fun day and a small gesture to what he’s owed,” said organizer Rebecca Gosnell in front of ferris wheel full.
Others at the event talked on what Riley will be known for.”He’s leaving a legacy that we can build on” said Norvel Goff, the pastor of Emanuel AME Church. “I like to call him the nations mayor because he sets an example for how we should come together and how we should work together to make our communities a better place to live.”
“Mayor is the best job in public service in America,” said Mayor Joe Riley with a small crowd waiting to thank him, “and being the mayor of Charleston is the best job anywhere.”
After the park celebration, a concert was held at the Riverdog’s stadium where Edwin McCain and several others performed.
As for life after city hall, Riley says he will teach at the Citadel, College of Charleston and plans to write a memoir.