Calls to remove the John C. Calhoun statue

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD)- The Make It Right Project says it’s dedicated to working with activist, artists, historians, and media outlets to take down Confederate monuments and tell the truth about history.

In partnership with Redux Contemporary Art Center, the group will hold its second event in the Standing/Still performance series— a series that uses arts activism to call for the removal of what they believe to be the racist Calhoun marker and all symbols of white supremacy.

During Tuesday’s Charleston City Council Meeting, one Charleston resident encouraged others to stand up to the group. He said we must protect monuments including the Calhoun statue for future generations.

“If this effort to remove Calhoun is successful, it will not be the end. Once the precedent is established here in Charleston, focus will move to different monuments. Statues of Washington and Jefferson are already under attack across the country. Charleston must put a firm end to this now”.

Another resident stated, “You are asked by these people to vote to remove the Calhoun statue. That’ll be the first and then they’ll go on one after another until public monuments that they disapproved of have disappeared”. He went on to say that instead of tearing down statues, Charleston needs to add monuments that affirm racial harmony.

To watch the full city council meeting, click here.

The performance starts at 6:30 p.m. at The John C. Calhoun monument in Marion Square.

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