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Recently-unveiled downtown Civil Rights historical marker damaged

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

The Charleston Police Department says a historical marker commemorating a Civil Rights sit-in has been damaged.

CPD officials say at 5:45 p.m. on Monday, a large box truck was parked in front of the Kress Drug Store at 281 King Street.

According to a witness, the driver of the truck was pulling the vehicle out of the parking space, when it appeared the vehicle accidentally hit the marker.

Police spokesman Charles Francis said the driver then drove off. Authorities say the cab of the box truck is yellow. Police are continuing the investigation.

Preservation Society officials unveiled the marker last week commemorating a sit-in for civil rights at the Kress building lunch counter in 1960.

On April 1 of that year, 15 Burke High School students were arrested for the protest.

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