Friday, January 29, 2010

Independence Monument Proposed for South Carolina

Group proposing Secession monument in SC

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Sons of Confederate Veterans are proposing a monument commemorating the ordinance by which South Carolina seceded before the Civil War.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported Thursday the group approached the Patriots Point Development Authority about putting the monument at the authority's naval and maritime museum on Charleston Harbor.

The proposed 11 1/2-foot stone memorial would include the wording of the ordinance and the names of the 170 signers. The monument would be placed at Patriots Point.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans' South Carolina division is proposing to install
a nearly 12-feet-tall stone memorial as the centerpiece of a 40-foot by 40-foot landscaped plaza at the state-owned tourist attraction.

Designed by Pelion artist Ron Clamp, the rectangular structure would be made from blue Georgia granite and would measure five-feet wide on each side.

The group plans to raise $160,000 and hopes to have the monument completed by December, the 150th anniversary of the signing.

The authority board says it needs more time to consider the idea and will consider it next month.

Information from: The Post and Courier,