Sen. Pinckney’s funeral will be open to public; road closures announced

Jennifer Pinckney stands with her two daughters, Eliana and Malana, while Highway Patrol Honor Guard carries Sen. Clementa Pinckney, also Revered of Emanuel AME church, into the Statehouse in Columbia for a public viewing Wednesday.

Sen. Clementa Pinckney’s funeral Friday, at which President Barack Obama will deliver the eulogy, will be open to the public, according to officials.

Maj. Eric Watson of the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office said police are still sorting out the logistics, and more information will be released as it becomes available.

Pinckney was one of nine people fatally shot last Wednesday night during Bible study at Emanuel AME Church. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at TD Arena at the College of Charleston, 301 Meeting St. Interment will follow at St. James AME Church of Marion.

It is not yet known what time the doors will open to the public. Watson said the arena will hold about 5,400 people and that priority will be given to family and church members.

In addition to Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden will attend the services.

According to the city of Charleston, space at the funeral will be limited. Public gathering will not be allowed outside the TD Arena after the seating capacity is reached because it will be a restricted and secure area.

Several downtown roads will be closed before, during and after the funeral.

The following roads and areas will be closed at 6 a.m. Friday:

Meeting Street from Calhoun Street to Wentworth Street.

George Street from King Street to Meeting Street.

From King Street to Meeting Street, the following roads are also closed:

Society Street, George Street and Burns Lane.

All parking in this area is being controlled and restricted.

The following additional roads and areas will be closed at 7 a.m. Friday:

Meeting Street from John Street to Calhoun Street

Hutson Street from King Street to Meeting Street

Charlotte Street from Elizabeth Street to Meeting Street

Henrietta Street from Elizabeth Street to Meeting Street

Calhoun Street from Elizabeth Street to Meeting Street

Calhoun Street from King Street to Meeting Street

The following additional roads and areas will be closed at noon Friday:

Calhoun Street from East Bay Street to King Street

George Street from East Bay Street to King Street

Laurens Street at East Bay Street

Society Street from East Bay Street to King Street

Public parking for the funeral will be located at the S.C. Ports Authority at the corner of Concord Street and Laurens Street. The S.C. Aquarium Parking Garage at Liberty Square, the Gaillard Auditorium Parking Garage at 2 George St., the Francis Marion Hotel Parking Garage at 387 King St. and the Visitor Center Parking Garage at 63 Mary St. will also be available. Parking is free at these garages.

Shuttles from the S.C. Aquarium Parking Garage and Ports Authority parking lot will operate on a 5- to-10-minute increment, traffic conditions permitting. Drop off for passengers being transported by shuttle to the TD Arena will be at Calhoun Street, between King and Meeting Street. Pick-up of passengers after the ceremony will be at the same location.

Shuttles will operate between 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. or until the TD Arena is full. The shuttles will operate after the funeral until all passengers are transported back to the S.C. Aquarium Parking Garage and the S.C. Ports Authority parking lot.

No large bags or carry-ons will be allowed on the shuttles or in the TD Arena.

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