Thousands of people in Charleston held hands as they stretched as a group Sunday evening across the Ravenel Bridge, the town’s landmark bridge.
Communities from all over the area came together Sunday around 8 pm on the pedestrian walk of the highly visible bridge in an effort to “stand together hand in hand to send a message that hate crimes will not be tolerated here or anywhere,” organizers said.
The “Unity Chain” spanned from Mt. Pleasant to downtown Charleston. Organizers had hoped to get enough people to form a chain — however, thousands more showed up and the pedestrian areas of the bridge were packed with 5 to 6 people wide in many areas.
The goal was to have 3,000 or more people from all race and ethnic backgrounds stand hand in hand across the bridge to show solidarity and support for those who died Wednesday night at Emanuel AME Church.
Some police estimates put the turnout Sunday at 10,000 up to 15,000, the Charleston Post and Courier reported.