P&C: Inflation delays groundbreaking, adds costs to Charleston’s Emanuel Nine Memorial

By Rickey Ciapha Dennis Jr.
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The memorial honoring the victims and survivors of the 2015 Emanuel AME Church shooting is moving forward, but the project has grown more expensive and won’t be breaking ground this year.

To help, both the cities of Charleston and North Charleston have responded with financial contributions to help ensure the construction of the Emanuel Nine Memorial, which will be located at the church.

Charleston City Council approved an additional $2 million on Sept. 13 to go toward the Mother Emanuel Memorial Foundation. Days later, on Sept. 15, the city of North Charleston’s Finance Committee OK’d a $250,000 donation to the memorial, now slated to break ground in the spring.