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Our Legacy

Park Features

Dog Park

Double gated dog park available for your furry friends.


Placed along the trail are interactive instruments honoring Senator Pinckney's love of music and creates safe sensor play for those with autism and elderly with Dementia.


Located adjacent to the fountain is The Ascension. This patinaed copper sculpture features five wings, symbolizing the Emanual Nine's souls ascending to Heaven. The sculpture was created by artist Jim Weitzel, who drew his inspiration from wing shaped clouds.


The Pavilion is fully equipped with air-conditioned bathrooms and concession stand.


The Fountain located within the park features Nine jets to honor the nine lives cut short at Mother Emanuel Church. The fountain's front commemorates each of the nine through a bronze plaque.

The Fox

Faith the Fox pays homage to the namesake of our County, Francis Marion, "The Swamp Fox". This climbable sculpture is a focal point for many visiting children, furthering Senator Pinckney's healthy living legacy.

The Emanuel Nine

Reverend Senator Clementa Pinckney

Clementa Pinckney spent many summers right here in Marion County with his family. He was ordained at age 18 and was the youngest member of the SC State Legislature at age 23. His wife, Jennifer, and two daughters, Eliana and Malana, visit the park as a place to remember their loving father and honor his legacy.

Mr. Tywanza Kibwe Diop Sanders

Mr. Tywanza Kibwe Diop Sanders was born, raised, and encouraged by his parents in Charleston, SC. He graduated from both Greenville Tech and Denmark Tech, as well as Allen University. His passionate side embraced poetry, and his entrepreneurial spirit brought him to barbering. The youngest victim of that tragedy, Tywanza lived a genuine and faith-filled life.

Reverend Daniel Lee Simmons

Reverend Daniel Lee Simmons was raised in Mullins, SC, He graduated Palmetto High School and earned his bachelors and two advanced degrees, all the while raising a family. He was awarded a Purple Heart during his time serving the US Army. Later in life, we worked as a counselor and teacher, and became one of Greyhound’s first black bus drivers. He loved jazz music and served his community as a pastor as well. His philosophy lives on…”Kindness always wins.”

Reverend Sharonda Coleman-Singleton

Reverend Sharonda Coleman-Singleton was many things. A speech pathologist, a teacher, a track coach, a doctoral student, a minister, but most importantly - a mother. A transplant to SC from New Jersey, she made a life serving the youth of her community, whether it be at school, on the track, or at her church.

Myra Thompson

Myra Thompson was a Citadel graduate who dedicated her life to serving the community through education and counseling in the Charleston area. Just hours before the tragedy, she was re-licensed to preach and that evening was her first time leading the bible study class. She is survived by her husband and 3 children.

Mrs. Ethel Lee Lance

Mrs. Ethel Lee Lance was a devoted Christian and mother. She could be found at church nearly 7 days a week, and if she wasn’t there, she was tending to her large family. She was always encouraging her family to succeed and was the epitome of love.

Mrs. Susie Jackson

Mrs. Susie Jackson was a quintessential family woman, coming from a large family and having a big heart. She married and raised her children, and was later adored by her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was active in her church and enjoyed singing in the choir.

Mrs. Cynthia Graham Hurd

Mrs. Cynthia Graham Hurd was a life-long learner and lover of books. She graduated from Clark Atlanta University, as well as the University of South Carolina. She spent her life spreading her love of books while working at the Charleston County Public Library, while also encouraging others to do the same.

Reverend DePayne V. Middleton

Reverend DePayne V. Middleton was a graduate of Columbia College and Southern Weslyan University. She spent her career helping others. Whether working for the community, Charleston residents, or the schools, her heart was always in the right place. As a mother to four beautiful daughters, her presence is missed each and every day.

Reverend Senator Clementa Pinkney

Clementa Pinckney may have lived in Jasper County, South Carolina, but he spent his summers in Marion with his grandmother. Marion became a second home for him. As he grew up, he knew from a young age that his life's work would be in service. He chose to serve through both the church and state. At age 12, he knew he would become a pastor and had his own church appointment by age 18. By age 23, he became the youngest African American voted into state legislation. Reverend Senator Pinckney served his community through both avenues until his death. 


Reverend Senator Pinckney was known as a gentle giant. With his tall statue and booming voice, he could command any room. He did this on the senate floor, fighting for those in his district, many of whom live below the poverty line. He believed that everyone should have access to healthcare, education, and nutritional needs. He fought for the rights of everyone. His senate floor speech, only months prior to his death, became a defining moment in the passage of body cam legislation in the state of South Carolina. He believed in the safety of the people.


Reverend Senator Pinckney began his pastorship at Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church in 2010, where he preached God's word. The church maintained an opened door policy and welcomed everyone with open arms. It was here that the fatal shooting occurred, that took Pinckney and eight other of his parishioners. Dylann Roof attended bible study with the parishioners and then opened fire because of his prejudiced beliefs. He killed a father, a brother, mothers, and grandmothers, public servants, and people of great faith.

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