Charleston hotel backs down after firestorm over photo of Emanuel AME Church

Tweet with Mother Emanuel church in Charleston. (Twitter)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WIS) – A hotel chain has apologized on behalf of one of its branches after it asked a prominent Charleston reporter to remove a photo featuring the hotel in the backdrop of the Emanuel AME Church.

Independent reporter Quintin Washington regularly interviews politicos when they visit Charleston.

Washington was one of the dominant journalism voices from Charleston on Twitter during June’s shooting at Emanuel AME Church. And usually Quintin’s Twitter feed offers a broad, complete report of current events locally and nationally.

Mid-afternoon on Sunday, Dec. 27, Washington Tweeted a photo of Charleston’s newly named Mother Emanuel Way Memorial District, named in honor of the nine lives lost in June’s tragic shooting inside the church.

The photo appears to be nicely framed, with a view of the late day sun illuminating Emanuel AME Church, the palms along the street, and a hotel sign in the right side of the photo frame.

Someone running the Twitter account of the pictured hotel sign, The Courtyard Charleston Historic District, apparently took issue with being visible in the photo.

They tweeted a response to Washington, tweeting: “We respectfully ask you not to include the hotel in mother AME photos. TY”

 (we’re including a screen shot of the Tweeted response below)

Tweeted response to Washington, from the Courtyard Charleston Historic District account

After a social media firestorm set off, the company who owns the Courtyard in Charleston e-mailed Washington to apologize for the tweet.

Washington said the company who owns the hotel, Interstate Hotel and Resorts, told him an associate at the Charleston hotel was behind the tweet.

Washington said the company has promised further actions in this incident.

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