A Minnesota woman has taken what she calls “something sweeter than pie” to the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, site of a shooting during a Bible study that left 9 people dead: Love.
Rose McGee traveled over 1,000 miles from her home in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota to bring hand made “comfort pies” to the Bible Study that resumed at the historic church after the deadly attack in June.
“As far as I am concerned, it’s the sacred dessert of black culture, a comfort sweet potato pie, which means when you have this, it just soothes the soul,” said McGee.
“I actually was just sitting in my living room watching television as everybody else was and became very frustrated, about everything and decided to get up, went into the kitchen and started making pies.”
McGee, who grew up in Tennessee, said the pies are a recipe handed down through her family beginning with her great-grandmother.
McGee has donated pies to other communities that have faced tragedy over the years and found that the pies could bring healing and promote community.
McGee admitted being a little nervous about sending her pies to the Charleston church.
“I’m really holding my breath and hoping the people of Charleston will like this pie,” said McGee. “Because South Carolina is a place where sweet potato pies are done right.”
“All I can say it’s amazing what happens when people come together,” added McGee.