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Photos: Thousands unite on Charleston bridge in show of unity

People walk with an American flag as thousands march on Charleston's main bridge in a show of unity after nine black church parishioners were gunned down during a Bible study, Sunday, June 21, 2015, in Charleston, S.C.
People walk with an American flag as thousands march on Charleston's main bridge in a show of unity after nine black church parishioners were gunned down during a Bible study, Sunday, June 21, 2015, in Charleston, S.C. AP

Thousands of people met up on Charleston’s main bridge in a show of unity after nine black church parishioners were gunned down during a Bible study.

The crowds held hands across the bridge around dusk. Part of the iconic Arthur Ravenel bridge was closed as people are walking, chatting and taking pictures.

When the marchers from the Mount Pleasant side and the Charleston side met on the bridge, there was clapping and singing of “This little light of mine.”

“It feels great. There’s so much love out here,” said Juliett Marsh of Summerville, who was toward the front of the marchers who walked from the Mount Pleasant side.

The crowd observed nine minutes of silence in honor of the nine victims killed at Emmanuel AME last Wednesday.

Among the people participating in the walk: Stephen Colbert, the future “Late Show” host and Charleston native.

The Associated Press

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