Charleston Council Renames Library To Honor AME Shooting Victim Cynthia Hurd


Renaming the Charleston library she served for 30 years is a fitting tribute to Cynthia Hurd, one of the nine churchgoers killed during the Emanuel AME Church shooting last week.

The Charleston County Council unanimously voted on Thursday to rename the St. Andrews Regional Library the Cynthia Graham Hurd St. Andrews Regional LibraryThe Post & Courier reports. Hurd worked in the city’s library system from 1990 to 2011, before being given the managerial title at the St. Andrews Regional Library. Her husband Arthur called the commemorative title fitting for the woman who dedicated her life to books and helping others.

“People will look up and see her name and remember her every day,” Arthur Hurd said. “There have been nothing but good things said about her because that’s how she lived her life.”

Hurd was the longest-serving part-time librarian in the county. In a 2003 interview, she said the…

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Posted on 06/29/2015, in Emmanuel 9, Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. There are still some decent people in Charleston. What a wonderful tribute for her family


  2. yahtzeebutterfly

    Renaming the library after her is a beautiful tribute to Cynthia Hurd, may she rest in peace.

    Cynthia Hurd is the sister of former North Carolina Sen. Malcolm Graham. She was the regional branch manager at Charleston County Public Library.

    All of Charleston County’s public libraries remained closed Thursday in honor of Hurd and all of the victims of the church shooting.

    Graham released the following statement on his sister:

    “My sister, Ms. Cynthia Marie Graham-Hurd, was a victim of the senseless hate crime at Emanuel AME Church. It is unimaginable that she would walk into church and not return. But that’s who she was – a woman of faith. This is a very difficult time for our family, and Cynthia will be sorely missed. Our family is close-knit, and our faith will see us through. I also extend condolences to the other families of Emanuel AME Church and the city of Charleston who have been affected by this inconceivable tragedy.

    “My family and I appreciate the thoughts and prayers from people across North Carolina and South Carolina.”
    (video at link)


  3. That’s beautiful. Wish she could have had a much longer life!

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  4. I feel like Cynthia is a kindred spirit since she was a bookworm and nerd like me 🙂 This tribute is the least she deserves!


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