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Marion, South Carolina (WBTW) – The opening ceremony of Marion’s Amazing Grace Park took place on Friday. Senator Clementa Pinkney’s family, friends, and colleagues gathered to remember him. Pinkney was one of nine people shot at Mother Emmanuel’s Church in Charleston in 2015. Pinkney’s wife called the ceremony, which was supposed to be his birthday, important.
“A man loved by many, a man who misses many,” said Jennifer Pinkney. “I would like to thank everyone who shared this special opportunity at this special moment, because Clementa really and really represents that person.”
“An excellent and extraordinary man who embodies the meaning of being a South Carolina son,” said Governor Henry McMaster. “We were proud of him.” McMaster called the opening an important day for the state and the country. The park has a bust of Pinkney and a statue of Tsubasa representing other people who died that day. There are also musical instruments.
“He was also a music man,” said Pinkney’s daughter Marana. “So go around, hit the drums, hit the xylophone, and that’s going to be amazing.” Senator Gerald Malloy said, Senator Kent Williams, Cousin of Clementa Pinkney. Praised that he was at the forefront of the project.
“I think we should all applaud Senator Williams for his vision of the work he did to put the whole project together,” Malloy said. Pinkney’s daughter wants the park to help preserve his heritage.
“This park is a physical representation of the legacy he left behind,” said Eliana Pinkney. “But it’s everyone who comes to this park every day that is responsible for preserving his legacy that he would do if he were here.” The grand opening continues at the festival on Saturday. The park is opposite the Marion County Museum, which features Pinkney exhibits.
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