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SC lawmaker calls for removal of John C. Calhoun statue in Charelston

The statue of honors John C. Calhoun, the most significant South Carolina lawmaker of the 19th Century.
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CHARLESTON, S.C. — South Carolina Representative Wendell Gilliard is the latest lawmaker to call for the removal of a statue of a controversial figure.

In a letter to media, Gilliard, who represents District 111 in Charleston County, is calling for the removal of the statue of John C. Calhoun in Charleston's Marion Square. 

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Gilliard says, "This statue in Marion Square is raised high and sits next to a powerful Jewish memorial and just blocks from Mother Emanuel AME Church where that horrible tragedy occurred five years ago."

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Calhoun served as the seventh vice president of the United States from 1825 to 1832, serving under John Quincy Adams and Andrew Jackson before returning to the US Senate. He was a defender of slavery and of states' rights, and owned slaves at his Upstate home in Fort Hill.

You can see Young's letter here:

Wendell G. Gilliard District No. 111 ~ Charleston County Post Office Box 31641 Charleston, SC 29417 328-B Blatt Building Columbia, SC 29201 Tel. (803) 212-6793 Committee: 'Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs, 3 VC Representatives State of South Carolina FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sune 9, 2020 CONTACT: Rep. Wendell Gilliard 843-209-3123 The John C.

A photograph from 1892 of Marion Square shows the first version of the memorial to John C. Calhoun; it was later replaced. 

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