Patriots Point rejects monument to mark secession

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) - A South Carolina museum has voted against erecting a monument to the state's secession from the Union almost 150 years ago.

The board of the Patriots Point Development Authority on Tuesday split 3-3 on 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 tie vote meant the idea failed.

Board chairman John Hagerty says he talked to World War II veterans who didn't want the monument at the museum.

Randy Burbage with the South Carolina Sons of Confederate Veterans is still optimistic the group will find a place and hopes to have it in place by December, the 150th anniversary of secession.

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

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