CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - People along different racial lines packed Maybank Hall Tuesday night. The focus was to talk about the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.
"I think its very important to understand that slavery was what the Civil War was about and it was a very important civil rights issue and it still is. There are still serious racial problems in our culture," said lecture attendee Cheryl Freiberger.
Invited guest speakers led the event by sharing historical information and opening up the discussion to the audience to talk and answer questions about the war.
"What we are trying to do is set the record straight and frame the discussion in a truthful and respectful way," said Rev. Nelson B. Rivers III with the NAACP.
Former College of Charleston President Alex Sanders says the college was the perfect place to hold the lecture.
We will never be able to understand the horrors of the Civil War and it will not be reduced to any book and their to horrible for that but we have to try," Sanders said.
Rivers said it was not a time to protest events on the anniversary of the firing on Fort Sumter, but a time to teach.
"The mistakes should not be celebrated we should learn and not make the mistakes again we would not honor them with celebration," Rivers said.
He said far too often the true meaning of what the war really stood for is misunderstood.
"The war was tragic and horrible but the ending was fruitful that it end slavery and kept the Union together that's what we should be celebrating," Freiberger said.