MONTGOMERY – Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum and members of the Montgomery community are remembering victims of Wednesday's shooting that claimed nine lives at an historic African American Church in Charleston, S.C.
On Friday at 4 p.m., University officials and community leaders will place a wreath in the museum's atrium in remembrance of those who lost their lives during a prayer service at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. According to news reports, the church's pastor, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, was among the victims.
Participating in the ceremony today are Dr. Felicia Bell, director of the Rosa Parks Museum; Dr. Farrell J. Duncombe, pastor of Saint Paul AME Church; Dr. Lawson Bryan, pastor of First United Methodist Church and Robert James, president of the Montgomery Improvement Association. The public, civic leaders and elected officials are invited to attend.
The Rosa Parks Museum, located on the University's Montgomery Campus, tells the story of the bravery and courage of Mrs. Parks, whose arrests sparked the 381-day Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Dr. Felicia Bell said Mrs. Parks was a member of Saint Paul AME Church at the time of her arrest on Dec. 1, 1955.
"The Rosa Parks Museum at Troy University's Montgomery Campus extends its deepest condolences to the families of the victims of the shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Church (AME) on June 17, 2015 in Charleston, S.C.," Dr. Bell said. "Mrs. Parks was a longtime member of the African Methodist Episcopal denomination and had achieved the position of deaconess, the highest position for a laywoman within the denomination. Our prayers are with the victims' families and the citizens of Charleston."