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Past Exhibit: Requiem for Mother Emanuel by Leo Twiggs

Requiem for Mother Emmanuel Exhibition, Leo Twiggs, South Carolina State Museum, Mother Emanuel

Image left – Requiem for Mother Emanuel #9.   Image right – Photo Credit: Jerry Siegel.


This exhibit is free with museum general admission or membership.

Adult (13-61): $8.95

Seniors (62 +): $7.95

Children (3-12): $6.95

Infants 2 and under: FREE

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Requiem for Mother Emanuel by Leo Twiggs


South Carolina artist Leo Twiggs created the nine batik works of art featured in Requiem for Mother Emanuel, in the aftermath of the 2015 murders at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Painting provided a vehicle for the artist to process this awful event and search for meaning. The final series reveals his reflections on, not only the shooting, but also the the responses of the family members, the church and fellow citizens.

“My paintings are testimonies to the nine who were slain. But I also record another moment: our state’s greatest moment . . . a response that moved us from tragedy to redemption. For one shining moment, we looked at each other not as different races, but as human beings.” – Dr. Leo Twiggs

In addition to the nine batik works by Twiggs, the State Museum will also display a hand-made prayer quilt and other items from Mother Emanuel Church. The exhibition is also accompanied by a seven minute video, directed by Joe Clark of SailWind Inc., featuring Dr. Twiggs and an exploration of the context, impetus and inspiration for Requiem for Mother Emanuel.

For additional commentary from the artist about the work, listen to South Carolina Public Radio’s Walter Edgar’s Journal, April 17, 2017 episode.

You can also watch State Museum Curator of Art Lori Kornegay discuss the exhibition on a recent episode of Awareness on WIS TV.

Exhibit Programs

Circles of Dialogue

Tues., March 20 and April 17, 2018 from 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Discussion groups are being offered on the above Tuesday evenings throughout the run of Requiem for Mother Emanuel. Guests are invited to join a facilitator-led discussion group to explore their reactions to this thought-provoking exhibition. Any guest who purchases an exhibition ticket can return and participate in one of the discussions listed above or you can arrive early on that Tuesday to view the exhibit and then join the discussion. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to session. PLEASE NOTE: There is no additional charge to participate, however space may be limited, so contact RSVP online below or email to participate.