CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The historic South Carolina city of Charleston has removed a statue honoring John C. Calhoun, an early U.S. vice president whose zealous defense of slavery led the nation toward civil war. The city had crews working night and day to take away the towering statue. What had been expected to be a relatively quick task stretched into an ordeal lasting more than 16 hours before the statue was lifted up and brought to the ground late Wednesday afternoon as dozens cheered. With his pro-slavery “Calhoun Doctrine,” Calhoun led the South toward secession before he died in 1850.
Posted at 1:01 AM, Jun 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-24 20:18:28-04
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