Nine diamonds at the top of the emblem for the nine lives taken on June 17, 2015 – The Emanuel Nine.
Five diamonds at the bottom of the emblem for the five survivors of the June 17, 2015 massacre.
The Cross is our symbol of salvation.
The anvil symbolizes the history of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, a beginning in the blacksmith’s shop from which a future continues to be shaped for a people by the word and acts of God.
The symbols of the State of South Carolina, which is the Seventh Episcopal District of the AME Church.
The purple symbolizes royalty and high esteem.
The gold symbolizes the richness because we are heir and joint heirs of the Father; and, in Him there is joy, peace and love.
The scripture, Matthew 6:33, calls for us to put “God First”: “33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”