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2 senators call for monument honoring black Civil War hero

FILE - In this July 10, 2015 file photo, an honor guard from the South Carolina Highway patrol removes the Confederate battle flag from the Capitol gr...
Michael B. Moore talks to reporters Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, at the Statehouse in Columbia, S.C., about a proposal to honor his great-great grandfat...
A statue of Benjamin Ryan Tillman is seen on the grounds of the state capitol, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, at in Columbia, S.C. One Statehouse monument...

FILE - In this July 10, 2015 file photo, an honor guard from the South Carolina Highway patrol removes the Confederate battle flag from the Capitol gr...

Michael B. Moore talks to reporters Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, at the Statehouse in Columbia, S.C., about a proposal to honor his great-great grandfat...

A statue of Benjamin Ryan Tillman is seen on the grounds of the state capitol, Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, at in Columbia, S.C. One Statehouse monument...

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A call to honor a black Civil War hero with a monument at the South Carolina Statehouse grounds, the 2015 epicenter of a national move to strip away Confederate symbols, is being made by two lawmakers in a bid to encourage consensus building in a nation divided by the issue.

Two state senators — one a black Democrat and the other a white Republican — called Wednesday for a statue of Robert Smalls, who in 1862 hijacked a Confederate supply ship, steered his family to freedom and turned the boat over to the Union.

After the war, Smalls helped found South Carolina's Republican Party and became a state legislator and congressman.


Updated : 2021-10-25 23:00 GMT+08:00