Charleston mayor's idea to amend Confederate markers, monuments receives mixed reviews

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Thumbnail Image - By Billy Hathorn - Confederate monument in White Point Gardens in Charleston, SC, CC BY-SA 3.0

In Charleston, the battle over Civil War monuments is only beginning. But compared with other cities, it's not so much a fight as a polite debate.

Mayor John Tecklenburg's latest strategy to amend some Confederate-related monuments and add some new ones recognizing African-American history has been met with a range of reactions so far from Charleston residents, historians and community leaders. 

The mayor asked the city's History Commission on Wednesday to consider his planthat, among other things, calls for a new plaque in front of the John C. Calhoun monument in Marion Square to provide more historical context about what the South Carolina politician stood for, as well as a new monument in Waterfront Park or White Point Garden to pay tribute to black Union soldiers.




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