Charleston's Calhoun statue to be removed amid George Floyd protests

Charleston’s Calhoun statue to be eradicated amid George Floyd protests

A extensive-controversial monument to Vice President John C. Calhoun in Charleston, South Carolina, is coming down.

Metropolis officials will remove and relocate the approximately 124-yr-previous statue from its well known spot in a downtown sq., Mayor John Tecklenburg introduced Wednesday amid ongoing civil unrest in excess of the law enforcement killing of George Floyd.

The pledge to acquire down the monument to the slavery-championing statesman also came on the fifth anniversary of the taking pictures Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church, the place white supremacist Dylann Roof killed 9 African American worshippers at a bible research in 2015.

The statue “comemorat[es] a guy who can rightly be called South Carolina’s most distinguished national statesman, but also be named its most consequential defender of slavery and white supremacy,” Tecklenburg explained at a news convention.

“That we Charlestonians will have to reckon with Mr. Calhoun’s towering and deeply troubling legacy is a presented,” he extra.

“That we have to allow this memorial to proceed to divide our metropolis when we do that reckoning, nonetheless, is not a specified,” he reported.

The city options to relocate the statue to a local museum or tutorial institution, the mayor said. The City Council plans to vote on a resolution formally getting rid of and relocating the monument upcoming 7 days. All but two Council members stood with Tecklenburg in assistance of its removing Wednesday.

The Calhoun monument would join many in the nation and throughout the entire world that have either been formally eradicated or toppled by protesters demanding justice for Floyd and the addressing of systemic racism.

The monument has been a flashpoint amongst residents in the city for many years. It was rapidly vandalized Wednesday by celebratory protesters next the city’s announcement that it would be taken out, Charleston’s The Publish and Courrier claimed.