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25 June 2020 04:38

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(CNN) Crews in Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday removed a statue of politician John C. Calhoun from its tall pedestal in Marion Square. The operation took most of the day, with the statue lowered to the ground amid cheers shortly after 5 p.m. ET. Calhoun, a former vice president of the United States and US senator, is known for defending slavery and owning about 80 slaves himself. A Clemson University biography called him an ardent believer in white supremacy.

Statues controversial because of their connection to racial injustice and slavery have been removed by both protesters and cities in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis. But conversations around those monuments, particularly Confederate monuments, have been the subject of national debate for years. Read More