As Confederate flag flies nearby, state Sen. Clementa Pinckney lies in South Carolina Capitol


A horse-drawn caisson carried Clementa Pinckney, the revered South Carolina state senator who was slain in his Charleston church, to the Capitol building Wednesday, passing the Confederate flag that has sparked national debate about such symbols.

Legislators stood under the marble columns of the stately neoclassical building, gazing down as hundreds of people escorted Pinckney’s mahogany casket to the rotunda.

Ann Shephard, 65, of Columbia stood in the 90-degree heat in black mourning clothes and holding a black parasol, sobbing as the casket passed the rebel flag. “A cloud has been over me since this happened,” the African American woman said. “I look at it from every angle and it doesn’t make sense to me.” – Tribune reporting