CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A black South Carolina lawmaker hopes the NAACP will end its tourism boycott of the state as the 150th anniversary of the Civil War approaches.
The Post and Courier of Charleston reported Sen. Robert Ford says it's time for the 11-year boycott to end.
But Nelson Rivers III with the South Carolina NAACP says the boycott won't end anytime soon. The civil rights organization has asked people to avoid spending money to visit the state since 2000 in an effort to force the removal of the Confederate flag from in front of the Statehouse.
Rivers says the boycott doesn't prevent historians from telling the stories of blacks during the war to South Carolina audiences because they live here and aren't considered tourist travelers.
The first shot in the Civil War occurred in 1861 in Charleston.