West Ashley Library honors Emanuel Nine victim Cynthia Graham Hurd with portrait
On Wednesday, a portrait was unveiled at the Hurd/St. Andrews Library Branch.
The portrait was an oil painting of Cynthia Graham Hurd, a well loved and respected librarian who was killed during the Mother Emanuel church shooting three years ago.
Cynthia worked as a librarian for 31 years in the Charleston County Public Library.
Those who knew her say she was committed to educating children and those in the community.
The portrait will be permanently placed above a plaque that details her lifelong dedication to literacy, greeting everyone who walks through the doors.
The oil painting was done by Stephanie Deshpande, an artist from New Jersey.
"I am so honored to be able to paint her portrait. I'm particularly excited it's going to be in the library for everyone to see and remember her," Deshpande said.
Hurd's family attended the event where the portrait was unveiled. It was unveiled by Charleston Mayor John Tecklenberg.
Her brother, Melvin Graham, says the photo used for the painting was one of his favorites of Cynthia.
"I think the portrait is just beautiful, it's lifelike, it's Cynthia," he said.
The unveiling was apart of the branch's kindness week, that will honor Cynthia's philosophy to "always be kind."
Click here to see the full list of events for kindness week.
Check out the unveiling of the painting below: