FLORENCE, S.C. — A survivor of the Emanuel AME Church shooting will be giving a talk in Florence.

Polly Daniels Sheppard will give a talk at the Waters Building on June 27. The talk will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by a lecture at 6 p.m.

Her life was spared in the 2015 Charleston shooting when Dylann Roof approached Sheppard and asked if he should shoot her.

Roof reportedly stated, “I’m not going to shoot you. I’m going to leave you here to tell the story.”

In December 2016, Roof was convicted in federal court of 33 federal charges, including nine counts of murder.

Sheppard is a resident of Summerville. Sheppard is a member of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston and a past member of Majority Missionary Baptist Church in Florence.

Sheppard, a Florence native, is the daughter of Bessie Bradley Daniels and the late Edward Daniels. She is a 1963 graduate of Wilson High School and graduated from the Vocational Center as a licensed practical nurse. She furthered her education at Bronx Community College and Florence-Darlington Technical College.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Waters Building is at 135 S. Dargan St.

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