Session deals with gifts left after Charleston shootings

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Church leaders, historians and others are coming together to discuss how to preserve the numerous gifts, works of art and other memorials left at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston after nine people were shot and killed last June.

The panel discussion being held Wednesday at the College of Charleston includes representatives from the church, the city, the college and the South Carolina Historical Society. The topics includes how the items are being preserved and archived and how they may be shared with the public through various media.

Karen Chandler, the director of the college’s Arts Management Program, says the discussion also includes how monetary donations are being used.

A white man faces nine counts of murder in the slayings of the nine black parishioners.

The College of Charleston faculty, staff and students of the Arts Management Program, along with the College’s Master’s in Public Administration Program, the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Center for Livable Communities at the College of Charleston, and the College’s Historic Preservation and Community Planning program, will host “Keeping the Faith: Preservation and Documentation of Mother Emanuel” on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. in the Recital Hall at the Simons Center for the Arts, 54 Saint Philip St.

The event will be free and open to the public. For more information, visit, call (843) 953-5474 or (843) 953-6301 or email Dr. Karen Chandler at

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