Should Segregationist Statue in SC Tell About Massacre Too?

As South Carolina pulled down the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds, the statue of avowed segregationist and former governor and U.S senator "Pitchfork" Ben Tillman watched. Tillman's statue seems safe for now — Republican legislative leaders, Democrats in the General Assembly and civil rights leaders aren't calling for it to come down. But there are calls to at least make sure the memorial to Tillman tells more than the story than what is currently on there, which reads in part: "Loving them he was the friend and leader of the common people." Unless the legislature gathers a two third majority vote to fulfill the requirement of south carolina's heritage act, historical monuments from town squares to Statehouse grounds will remain in their places for now.



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