Park withdrawn as site for secession monument in SC

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North Charleston's offer to allow a monument to the signers of South Carolina's 1860 Ordinance of Secession at Riverfront Park has been withdrawn.

Instead, Mayor Keith Summey said the memorial should go to the H.L. Hunley lab, or to the North Charleston site where the sub's museum will eventually be built.

A week after offering the S.C. Sons of Confederate Veterans space at Riverfront Park, Summey on Monday squashed the deal, saying it had become too polarizing a subject.

"The Civil War is a part of our history, both good and bad, and I believe that it should be acknowledged, taught and openly discussed," Summey said. "However, some who stand on both sides of this issue have attempted to divide our council and our city along racial lines."

Two minority members of council said the change was the right decision....

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