South Carolina

Mural honors victims of the Charleston church shootings

  • An image of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of the victims of the June 2015 shootings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., is seen on a mural on a building in Charleston a few blocks from the church on Friday, May 13, 2016. The mural was created by artist Tripp Derrick Barnes to honor the nine shooting victims as the first anniversary of the slayings approaches. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

    An image of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of the victims of the June 2015 shootings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., is seen on a mural on a building in Charleston a few blocks from the church on Friday, May 13, 2016. The mural was created by artist Tripp Derrick Barnes to honor the nine shooting victims as the first anniversary of the slayings approaches. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)  (The Associated Press)

  • An image of a palmetto tree, a South Carolina state symbol, with doves ascending into the sky is seen on a mural honoring the victims of the June 2015 shootings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., on Friday, May 13, 2016. The mural was unveiled on the side of a building a few blocks from the church. It was created by artist Tripp Derrick Barnes to honor the nine shooting victims as the first anniversary of the slayings approaches. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

    An image of a palmetto tree, a South Carolina state symbol, with doves ascending into the sky is seen on a mural honoring the victims of the June 2015 shootings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., on Friday, May 13, 2016. The mural was unveiled on the side of a building a few blocks from the church. It was created by artist Tripp Derrick Barnes to honor the nine shooting victims as the first anniversary of the slayings approaches. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)  (The Associated Press)

  • A quote from the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of the victims of the June 2015 shootings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., is seen on a mural unveiled on a building in Charleston a few blocks from the church on Friday, May 13, 2016. The mural was created by noted artist Tripp Derrick Barnes to honor the nine shooting victims as the first anniversary of the slayings approaches. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)

    A quote from the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of the victims of the June 2015 shootings at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., is seen on a mural unveiled on a building in Charleston a few blocks from the church on Friday, May 13, 2016. The mural was created by noted artist Tripp Derrick Barnes to honor the nine shooting victims as the first anniversary of the slayings approaches. (AP Photo/Bruce Smith)  (The Associated Press)

A new mural honoring the nine black parishioners fatally shot in a Charleston, South Carolina, church has been completed a little more than a month before the shooting's first anniversary.

The mural by noted artist Tripp Derrick Barnes appears on the side of a building a few blocks away from the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Unveiled Friday, the mural shows a portrait of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, the church's pastor and one of the victims, against a background of rainbow colors.

At one end is a palmetto tree with nine doves ascending into the sky, an image that has come to represent the victims following the June 17 shooting.

Police say the attack by 21-year-old Dylann Roof was racially motivated. Roof faces nine counts of murder in state court and dozens of federal charges.