Polly Sheppard, survivor, and John Darby admire the mockup

Here’s a sweet moment between two people integral to the Memorial.

Polly Sheppard is one of five survivors of the June 17, 2015 church massacre. She was friends with all of the victims who were attending a weekly Bible study. The shooter allowed Polly to live so that she could “tell the story” of his rampage. Polly has indeed shared her story, though not in the way the perpetrator intended – instead, she has been sharing a story of healing and forgiveness. She has appeared on major media outlets including CNN, ABC, and The Today Show.

John Darby is the president and CEO of Beach Company. Read his bio here.

They were both on hand for the installation of the Memorial preview on the church grounds.