Activist group comes to Charleston, calls for removal of John C. Calhoun statue
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - An activist group is coming to Charleston to call on the removal of the John C. Calhoun statue from Marion Square. The Independent Media Institute launched the Make it Right Project which is aimed at removing Confederate statues across the country.
They partnered with local activists in North Carolina to take down the Silent Sam memorial, and now they’re coming to South Carolina Thursday.
At Tuesday night’s city council meeting, people spoke against letting that group take down the statue. Some people said that the memorial is a vital part of Charleston’s history and taking it down won’t change anything.
The group wrote on their website that they’re using arts activism to call for the removal of what they consider "a racist Calhoun marker and all symbols of white supremacy.”
Charleston police say the group does have a permit for the event and the department will monitor it.
It’s happening at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16th, in Marion Square.