May 28, 2022

South Carolina: Library Named For Charleston Church Shooting Victim/Librarian Vandalized With Graffiti and Racial Slurs

Words fail when you read the report and watch the video that follows.

From the AP:

Police in South Carolina are looking for whoever is responsible for racist and anti-gay graffiti at three buildings, including a library named for one of the victims of the 2015 Charleston church shootings.


The racist and anti-gay remarks were sprayed at three buildings, including the library named for Cynthia Hurd, one of nine people shot to death at Emanuel AME Church. Hurd had been manager of that library when she was killed. It was named for her after her death.

One of the statements sprayed on library property targeted black women specifically.

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From The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC):

“There’s no place for this sort of deplorable act in our community,” Charleston County Councilman Vic Rawl said. “Our libraries are places of education and growth for children, and we’ll assist law enforcement in any way possible.”

Rawl said in a statement that the vandalism at the library is “unfortunate and sad.”


We were disappointed to see that someone would deface a cherished public institution such as our library,” [Natalie Hauff, a media relations coordinator with Charleston County] Hauff said.

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From WCBD (NBC Charleston):

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