Thanks to all who came to the unveiling ceremony for the Sculpture at AnMed Health North Campus last evening. We are indebted to the dancers for an enthusiastic presentation which enriched our Juneteenth celebration. Thanks also to the artist, Herman Keith, for a heartfelt introduction to his creative process in designing the Sculpture. We were also reminded of the reason for our remembrance initiative by the reading of the stories of the five men who suffered injustice so long ago. It was an emotional experience for all.

Our work for the Anderson Area Remembrance and Reconciliation Initiative has gathered momentum, and we look forward to more occasions in which we can continue the community-wide conversation about our desire to become a “Beloved Community.”

Artist Herman Keith – Message during Sculpture Unveiling

“We are still water…we are waves in the same ocean.”

“Fear and guilt are enemies to the soul.”

“When you see this piece of art, don’t feel fearful and don’t feel guilt. I just wanted to snatch the emotion out of it and put it in a place so you get a taste of understanding. Because, with education comes understanding. We are here to understand each other.”

Herman Keith, artist
June 19, 2023

Photo Gallery Below: Juneteenth Event: The Unveiling

Photogallery from Juneteenth Celebration

Media Outlet Links: Stories Recapping “The Unveiling”

Independent Mail Article
Juneteenth observance with recollections and conversations at AnMed Health campus (CLICK HERE)

Anderson Observer Article
Reconciliation Group Art Installation to Move to AnMed on Juneteenth (CLICK HERE)

WYFF Article and Video
Victims of lynching in SC honored with statue (CLICK HERE)

WSPA Article and Video
New monument remembers 5 victims of racial terror lynching from Anderson County (CLICK HERE)