Crews prepping to remove base of former John C. Calhoun statue in Marion Square

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Crews will soon begin work to remove the base of the former John C. Calhoun statue in Marion Square.

The statue of Calhoun was first removed from its column back on June 24th, just hours after Charleston City Council unanimously voted in favor of removing the statue from Marion Square.

It came in wake of protests seen across the country and in downtown Charleston following the death of George Floyd and renewed calls to remove symbols of the Confederacy.

Once the statue was removed, crews later worked to remove the pedestal on August 26th.

It’s unclear when work will actually begin to deconstruct the base. Crews, though, began arriving and staging supplies and equipment on Monday. News 2 reached out to the city for more information.

Some believe a time capsule is hidden within the base of the statue. The contents remain unknown, but city leaders say if one is discovered by construction crews, the city’s conservationist will take control over the capsule and open it in a safe environment.

City leaders say they plan to place the Calhoun statue in a museum or educational facility; however, a final resting place for the Calhoun statue remains unclear.

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