The Mother Emanuel Memorial Foundation Board is a Charleston community partnership with the Emanuel AME Church, established as a separate legal entity from the Mother Emanuel A.M.E. Church, with an independent 501(c)3 designation. Our mission is to memorialize the Emanuel Nine, and to amplify the Emanuel AME Church survivors’ and families’ response, which reversed the spread of racial hatred with a message of God’s unyielding love and forgiveness.


Reverend Eric S. C. Manning
Pastor, Mother Emanuel AME Church

John C. L. Darby
CEO, The Beach Company

Thomas Anderson
South Carolina Market Executive, Wells Fargo

Helen Hill

CEO, Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

Finance Committee Chair
Kevin Simmons
Assistant Vice President, First National Bank of PA


Karen Bacot
Vice President of Marketing, The Beach Company

Willi Glee
Trustee, Mother Emanuel AME Church

William Dudley Gregorie – Family Member of Susie Jackson
Charleston City Council
Member, Mother Emanuel AME Church

Kay Hightower
Manager, South Carolina Department of Aging

Wilbur E. Johnson
Managing Partner- Attorney, Young Clements Rivers, LLP

Reginald B. “Reggie” McKnight
State Policy and Government Affairs at Waymo (Google Self-Driving Car)

Polly Sheppard
June 17, 2015 Survivor

Reverend Anthony Thompson – Husband of Myra Thompson
Pastor, Holy Trinity Reformed Episcopal Church