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A design rendering showing a crowd gathered at Memorial Court, directly to the left of Mother Emanuel on Calhoun Street. (Courtesy Dbox for The Mother Emanuel Nine Memorial / Handel Architects)

via BCNN1:

The 200th anniversary service at Mother Emanuel ended with more than the usual parade of Sunday best and children scrummaging past pews.

More than three years after a self-avowed white supremacist opened fire during a Wednesday night bible study just one floor below, killing nine, the packed nave of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church got a first look at design renderings for a memorial honoring the victims, their families, and the countless lives affected.

Michael Arad, the 49-year-old New York-based architect who designed the National September 11 Memorial honoring victims of the World Trace Center terrorist attacks, unveiled plans for the two-part memorial honoring Charleston’s Emanuel Nine.

“One of the first things I remember Rev. Manning saying when we began this process is that we must keep the church in the middle of this process,” Arad said during the presentation Sunday. “The church is at the heart of everything we’ve done here and I hope you see that.”

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