World renowned artists says God spoke to him inside Emanuel AME


Leroy Campbell is a world renowned artist who says God spoke to him inside Emanuel AME Church just days after the shooting that claimed the lives of nine people.

He said it gave him inspiration for a work he calls "Bible Study."

At first glance it may look like a woman just being baptized, but Campbell says there are message that speak to each victim. He says with each stroke of the brush, his hope was to honor the Emanuel 9, document the image of what happened and let their voices continue to be heard -- providing comfort and direction.

"On her dress are black and white photographs of each of the nine members," he said. "So, the piece is called Bible Study. Next to each one of them are Bible scriptures that give us inspiration, direction, the voice that they would normally speak and inspirational quotes."

There's also scripture from the gospel of Mark. It's the lesson the group was studying the night of the shooting.

Each of the victims' families will receive a copy of the painting. Campbell will deliver them Saturday during the memorial.

Campbell also says the proceeds will go back to the church and to charities with which the parishioners were involved.

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