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An architectural rendering shows the proposed design for a memorial on the Emanuel AME Church grounds, showing the fellowship benches and names fountain as seen from Calhoun Street in Charleston, S.C. Image Courtesy Dbox for The Mother Emanuel Nine Memorial / Handel Architects hide caption

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The upstairs porch of Anne Blessing's home in Charleston, S.C., has been a stop on a popular historic home tour. For the first time, visitors will tour the kitchen where enslaved people once spent most of their lives toiling over hot fires. Sarah McCammon/NPR hide caption

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Looking 'Beyond The Big House' And Into The Lives Of Slaves

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Mourners left flowers and other mementos in front of Charleston's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in the days following the June 17, 2015, mass shooting. Nine worshippers were gunned down during Bible study in what authorities say was a racially motivated attack on the historic black church. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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While Grieving Continues, Church Shooting Was Charleston's Call To Action

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Mayor Joe Riley of Charleston, S.C. is the longest-serving mayor in the country. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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One Of America's Longest-Serving Mayors Steps Down

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Former North Charleston police Officer Michael Slager talks with his attorney before a hearing in front of Judge Clifton Newman on Monday. Brad Nettles/AP hide caption

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