The funeral for Cynthia Graham Hurd, sister of former N.C. Sen. Malcolm Graham of Charlotte, will be held this weekend in Charleston.
Services for Hurd will be at the Emanuel AME Church where she was a member and where she was shot last Wednesday during a prayer meeting along with eight other victims.
Hurd’s family will receive visitors 2-8 p.m. Thursday at her home at 1 Benson St. in Charleston. A wake and family visitation will be 8:30-10 p.m. Friday at Emanuel AME Church, 110 Calhoun St.
Finally, at 11 a.m. Saturday, the church will host a homegoing service and celebration of life for Hurd.
Hurd, who would have turned 55 four days after she was killed, worked for 31 years as a librarian. She was the regional manager of the St. Andrews branch of the Charleston County Public Library.
She attended Emanuel AME Church with her siblings as a child, where her mother sang in the choir and Graham served as an usher. Graham remembered Hurd as “a mother figure and a confidante.”
Hurd’s family is starting the Cynthia Graham Hurd Fund for Reading and Literacy in her honor to benefit Freedom School Partners.
“The fund will ensure that children have access to books that strengthen their literacy skills and access to the support of a community that believes in them, which are values Cynthia Hurd held closely to her heart,” a news release from Graham said.
Donations can be received online at the Freedom School Partners’ website or by check, made payable to Freedom School Partners Hurd Fund, and mailed to Freedom School Partners at P.O. Box 37363, Charlotte, NC 28237.