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We are all saddened by the terrible events that took place at Emanuel AME Church when a gunman opened fire, killing nine innocent victims. We are touched as individuals and as a community. Amidst this sadness and questioning, people are responding with full hearts. This morning, messages of concern, comfort, and support arrived from friends and colleagues in Washington, Savannah, New York, and as far away as Paris—and they are still coming in. Earlier, I spoke with Liz Alston, former member of our advisory council and long-time member of Emanuel, and expressed to her our deep condolences.
As we see in this incident and in the attacks on schools, movie theaters, and market places, there are forces that seek to divide us and to blind us to our common humanity. It is our responsibility to respond as best we can and to do so not with hate, but with light. And to do so as individuals, both in our life and in our work. In this way, we honor not only the victims, but the loved ones who must carry on
For now, it is our hope that healing will come swiftly to all those touched by this senseless tragedy.
George W. McDaniel
President and Executive Director
Drayton Hall Preservation Trust