Legislators suggest new monument profile African-American Confederate Soldiers
After all of the Confederate monument controversy, South Carolina Legislators plan to prefile a bill calling for a monument honoring African-American Confederate soldiers, to be built on State House grounds.
Rep. Bill Chumley (R-Woodruff) and Rep. Mike Burns (R-Travelers Rest) want considered approval for the monument to take place during the 2018 legislative session.
"Explaining the War Between The States and the events leading up to it is much more complex than can be explained by a few paragraphs in a history book," Burns said. "This monument can help educate current and future generations of a little-known -- but important -- part of South Carolina history.”
"These African-Americans, like many of their Caucasian contemporaries, stepped up to defend their home state during a tumultuous time in our country's history," Burns said. "Their service has largely been overlooked or forgotten. Rep. Chumley and I want to remedy this oversight."
The South Carolina Department of History and Archives lists 328 African Americans who file pensions as Confederate Veterans.
Rep. Chumley said a specific design for the monument will be revealed at a later date.
Options for the monument include but are not limited to, a sculpture, a structure with plaques listing names of African-American veterans or some combination of the two.