5A_20191030_mse_news_Marion County officials planning memorial park in honor of the late residents pay tribute to Sen. Pickney

The burial services for Pinckney, who was a pastor and S.C. state senator, were held Friday, June 26, 2015, in a cemetery off of SC-41 in Marion, near Ariel Cross Road. Pinckney was one of nine people killed in a June 17 shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.

MARION, S.C. — Marion County officials are working on a new park in honor of the late Reverend and Senator Clementa C. Pinckney.

Pinckney was one of nine people killed by a gunman June 17, 2015 at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. More than 500 residents and officials in Marion County were at his burial at St. James Cemetery.

The Senator Clementa Pinckney Memorial Park will be built on a 3.2-acre site behind the Marion County Museum in downtown Marion.

Officials said the park will serve as a “memorial to the late Senator as a place of reflection, remembrance and acceptance of all members of our shared society.”

The park will featured walking trail path, open air picnic structure, shade trees surrounding a large open space and parking. Officials are also seeking to commission a free-standing outdoor work of art or installation to add beautification. The work must be fully installed by mid-2020, according a press release. There will also be an exhibit honoring Pinckney in the Marion County Museum.

Deadline for submissions is Dec. 20 at the Marion County Administration Building.

For more information call project manager Willena Rembert at 843-275-6072.

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