Charleston AME survivor to visit June 27
Charleston Emanuel A.M.E Church shooting survivor, Polly Daniels Sheppard will give a talk at the Waters Building in Downtown Florence on Thursday, June 27.
A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by a lecture at 6 p.m.
Polly Daniels Sheppard is the daughter of Mrs. Bessie Bradley Daniels and the late Edward Daniels. She is a native of Florence and a resident of Summerville. Polly’s life was spared in the 2015 Charleston tragedy when mass murderer Dylann Roof approached Sheppard and asked if he should shoot her. Roof stated, “I’m not going to shoot you. I’m going to leave you here to tell the story.”
In December of 2016, Roof was convicted in federal court of 33 federal charges, including nine counts of murder.
As a survivor of the brutal attack on the members of the Emanuel AME Church on June 17, 2015, Mrs. Sheppard has risen to the challenge of serving as a witness of that tragedy and comforting others who experience loss. Sheppard’s personal commitment of time, effort, and dedication embodies the image of the true professional caregiver and model citizen, and is an exceptional role model for others to emulate.
Mrs. Sheppard is a member of Emanuel AME Church, Charleston, and a past member of Majority Missionary Baptist Church, Florence.
She is a 1963 graduate of Wilson High School and graduated from the Vocational Center as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She furthered her education at Bronx Community College and Florence-Darlington Technical College.
A documentary produced by Stephen Curry of Unanimous Media and Viola Davis will be in theaters nationwide June 17-19 for a special release. The release of this documentary marks four years since the Emanuel A.M.E. tragedy. For more information about this film, go to emanuelmovie.com. The Waters Building is located at 135 South Dargan Street. This event is free and open to the public