Fairfield County Coming Together As One to Remember Nine will be held at 3 p.m. Sept. 6 at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Winnsboro.
FAIRFIELD COUNTY — Each of the 46 counties in South Carolina has been asked to hold a Sept. 6 memorial service to remember the nine killed at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston.
Fairfield County’s state legislators — Rep. MaryGail Douglas, D-District 41 and Sen. Creighton Coleman, D-District 17, were joined recently by representatives from Fairfield County, Town of Winnsboro, Town of Ridgeway, Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office, Town of Jenkinsville and leaders of several churches to plan Fairfield County’s memorial service.
“We were asked as a delegation to help designate the date of Sept. 6 as a day to remember because often times we get so caught up, and after a tragedy seems over and done for us, but it’s not over and done,” Douglas said. “We don’t want to forget that those people came to a setting like we’re in today, in a place they thought was safe, and they were gunned down.”
The event, Fairfield County Coming Together As One to Remember Nine will be held at 3 p.m. Sept. 6 at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Winnsboro.
Douglas, as did all the meeting’s attendees, expressed a desire for the entirety of the county to band together in the spirit of community and reverent remembrance.
“I see this as a springboard for other things for the community coming together, and I’m excited about the opportunity to be able to do that,” Douglas said.
Despite the event’s origins, it was repeatedly emphasized the memorial and worship service will be apolitical.
“I don’t want it to be political,” Coleman said. “I don’t have to say anything, I want this group to decide how best to do this to bring everybody together and move forward for a better Fairfield County.”
This was echoed by the Rev. T.O. Corbin, pastor at St. Paul Missionary Baptist, who will facilitate the event.
“This program is spiritual, and we said we’re not going to get caught up in politics and get divided, but we’re going to come and bring each other together,” Corbin said.
It was decided the event will include a memorial message for the nine slain, scripture readings, multiple prayers and multiple selections.
A cross-county, interdenominational choir would be created for Fairfield County Coming Together As One to Remember Nine. Those interested in participating are encouraged to contact the Rev. Rick Gibson at 803-718-2904. Talented musicians also will be needed.