Emanuel Nine Memorial

Located on the restructured grounds of the historic Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Emanuel Nine Memorial honors the nine victims and five survivors of the tragedy of June 17, 2015.

The Memorial represents the spirit of forgiveness and resilience lovingly demonstrated by the victims’ families, the survivors, and the greater Charleston community.

This unique tribute will offer visitors a permanent sacred place for quiet reflection through a beautiful Memorial Courtyard, a Survivors’ Garden, a Visitors’ Garden, and a Contemplation Basin. The hope is that the Memorial, as a place of contemplation and connection, will ignite meaningful conversations and spur purposeful actions that set the stage for eradicating racism.

Hours of operation

Mon-Fri 9am – 6pm
Sat-Sun 10am – 6pm

June 17, 2015

On June 17, 2015, an evening of church meetings and Bible Study ended in tragedy for a group of the church’s clergy and members who welcomed a 21-year-old man to join them. That young man opened fire on the group, killing nine of them.

In the wake of the devastation of June 17, 2015, the faith of the Emanuel 9, their families and survivors illuminated the way: it would be by the amazing grace of God.

The Memorial’s Mission

The Mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church Memorial honors the lives of the Mother Emanuel Nine. It celebrates love and forgiveness from the victims’ families and illustrates the spirit of resiliency shown by the survivors, church members, the Charleston community, and the world. The Memorial should motivate people and communities everywhere to eradicate racism and inspire greatness from all humankind.

The Emanuel Nine Foundation

The Emanuel Nine Memorial Foundation is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization established by a compassionate group of community and business leaders as a separate legal entity from Mother Emanuel with an independent 501(c)(3) designation. The Memorial Foundation is led by a dedicated Board that manages the fundraising, construction, endowment, and outreach for the Memorial.



Mother Emanuel Memorial Foundation
P.O. Box 242
Charleston, SC 29403

Mailing Address

Mother Emanuel Memorial Foundation
P.O. Box 242
Charleston, SC 29403

Visiting Address

Mother Emanuel Memorial Foundation
110 Calhoun St
Charleston, SC 29401

Legal Information

EIN: 82-1776426