Saturday, October 9, 2010

New Monument Planned for South Carolina

Tuesday, Oct. 05, 2010
Berkeley Confederate monument planned
The (Charleston) Post and Courier

MONCKS CORNER - A group is collecting names for a monument to Confederate soldiers from Berkeley County.

They’re hoping for an inside display, maybe in a museum setting, sometime after the first of the year. A location has not been announced.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans’ General Ellison Capers Camp No. 1212 has been saving for the monument for more than 10 years, said Nathan Daniel of Pineville, a member who is collecting names.

The monument will be about 4½ feet wide and 5 feet tall. It will cost about $2,500, plus $3 a letter to inscribe the names.

They’ve collected about 230 names so far, Daniel said. The names must be accompanied by some evidence that they actually served in the Confederate army, although the group offers to help with documentation.

The group is hoping the monument won’t spark any objections, since it’s a simple granite monument with no symbols, Daniel said.

A feud over a Confederate flag that flew over the State House raged for years, sparking an NAACP boycott. It was moved to a monument on the grounds in 2000, but that compromise has not settled the issue.

This spring, North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey withdrew an offer to allow a Confederate memorial in the city’s Riverfront Park.

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