Filmmaker takes a look at Charleston boy’s death, man’s constant memorial

CHARLESTON, S.C. (QUEEN CITY NEWS) — A Vermont filmmaker is peering into a poignant moment in Charleston’s history with his short film this weekend.

Anthony Marques’s “The Love 4 A Stranger” film will premiere this Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the Terrace Theater. The short film focuses on a tragedy and memorial set up by longtime Holy City resident and former funeral home owner Grippon Boags.

In 1983, Herbert Brown died in a tragic hit-and-run accident on Edisto Island. When a government case worker tried to reach out to a local funeral home to care for the boy’s body when the family couldn’t pay for services, Boags was last on an exhausted list. He lept into action.

“What inspired me about this story was the overall consistency in which this man, Mr. Boags, has shown through the past 40 years of his life when it comes to this child whom he has never met a day in his life on earth alive,” Marques said. “To me, this story goes way deeper than that, though. It’s a story that can bring different lived experiences together to celebrate a day that wouldn’t even exist without tragedy and love.”

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