CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The mayor of a major South Carolina city is calling for an African-American monument and new plaques to be erected there.
Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg (Courtesy Photo)
Local news outlets report Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg asked the city’s Historic Commission on Wednesday to consider adding a number of revised historical markers as well as some new monuments across the city in order to create a more balanced narrative of Confederate-related history. Among Tecklenburg’s ideas is a proposal to erect a monument to African-American Union soldiers at one of the city parks.
Commission Chairman Harlan Greene says the group has accepted Tecklenburg’s challenge to “tell a better message” with the city’s markers and memorials.
The commission decided to defer discussion. Tecklenburg said after the meeting that he felt the group was “receptive” to his ideas.