A SOUTH CAROLINA SUMMER

The mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston in mid-June left nine black churchgoers dead. The massacre was so eerily contained inside the historic structure; its effects, though, reverberated outward, first with police barricades, then flowers and vigils, then rallies and protests -- it was an updated version of an all-too-familiar American story, the latest edition, and set in a long hot summer.

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Tawana Clark, of Charleston, sheds a tear during a moment of silence at Bridge to Peace, a unity march in on the Arthur Ravenel Jr Bridge, on Sunday night, June 21, 2015, four days after a shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church left nine people dead. She was one of thousands who participated in the bridge march; they started from either side of the bridge, which connects Mount Pleasant and Charleston, South Carolina, met in the middle and observed a moment of silence for those killed.
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Nine crosses with bows stand outside the St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church, on Sunday, June 21, 2015, off of Highway 17 in McClellanville, South Carolina, outside of Charleston, four days after a shooting left nine people dead in Charleston's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church.
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A crowd assembles outside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Sunday, June 21, 2015, as a worship service takes place inside, four days after a shooting left nine people dead inside the church.
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A policeman keeps watch at the entrance to the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Sunday, June 21, 2015, in Charleston, South Carolina.
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Mourners pause near the entrance to the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Sunday, June 21, 2015, in Charleston, South Carolina, as a worship service takes place inside.
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Clementa Pinckney's wife, Jennifer, touches his casket as his daughters, Eliana (left) and Malana look on. The burial services for Pinckney, who was a pastor and S.C. state senator, were held Friday, June 26, 2015, in rural Marion County, South Carolina. Pinckney was one of nine people killed in the shooting.
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Clementa Pinckney's wife, Jennifer (left), rubs the head of their youngest daughter, Malana, after his burial service, Friday, June 26, 2015, in rural Marion County. Pinckney was one of nine people killed in the shooting.
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Mourners watch as Clementa Pinckney's funeral procession travels to his gravesite, Friday, June 26, 2015, outside the Johnsonville Public Library in Johnsonville, South Carolina. Pinckney, a pastor and S.C. state senator, was one of nine people killed in a June 17 shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston. Pinckney's body was transported from Charleston, where a funeral service was held, to a small cemetery in rural Marion County, two hours away, where his mother is also buried. His burial services were held in a cemetery off of SC-41 in Marion, near Ariel Cross Road.
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Flowers and signs cover the sidewalk in front of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Sunday, June 21, 2015, in Charleston, South Carolina. Some mourners called for the governor, Nikki Haley, to remove a Confederate flag flying above the State House grounds.
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Members of a rally, which was led by the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, a group from Pelham, North Carolina, stand in front of the South Carolina State House, July 18, 2015, in Columbia, South Carolina; the rally was held to protest the removal of a Confederate battle flag from the State House grounds.
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An unidentified counter-protestor shouts at a member of the Ku Klux Klan during a rally July 18, 2015, at the South Carolina State House in Columbia, South Carolina, which was held to protest the removal of a Confederate battle flag from the State House grounds.
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A man raises his fist during a rally led by Black Educators for Justice, July 18, 2015, at the South Carolina State House in Columbia, South Carolina. The rally took place before a Ku Klux Klan rally on the opposite side of the State House Grounds.
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Supporters of the Confederate flag held a rally Saturday, August 1, 2015, off of Harry Byrd Highway in Darlington, South Carolina, one of many that took place across the South after the flag was removed from the South Carolina State House grounds.
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Tyeesha Aiken (center) looks skyward as she prays while being embraced by Annie Summey (left), during the Bridge to Peace march, on the Arthur Ravenel Jr Bridge, on Sunday night, June 21, 2015, in Charleston, four days after a shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church left nine people dead.
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Bryan Williams, with Bruce & Son Grave Service, tosses a rose onto Clementa Pinckney's grave. The burial services for pastor and S.C. state senator Clementa Pinckney were held Friday, June 26, 2015, in a cemetery off of SC-41 in Marion, near Ariel Cross Road. Pinckney was one of nine people killed in a June 17 shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston.