Patriots Point considers monument to mark secession

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina museum is considering whether to erect a monument to the state's secession from the Union almost 150 years ago.

The board of the Patriots Point Development Authority considers on Tuesday whether to allow the Sons of Confederate Veterans to place an 11 1/2-foot granite monument to the ordinance signers at the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum.

The monument would have the name of each of the 170 signers and the wording of the secession document.

The Confederate Veterans group hopes to have it in place by December, the 150th anniversary of the ordinance signing.

The Civil War began in April 1861 with the Confederate bombardment of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor.

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