Columbia unveils historical civil rights markers
Fri, 14 Mar 2014 16:50:52 GMT —
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) -- Columbia is celebrating a look back at the city's place in civil rights history.
Nine historical markers were unveiled Friday in downtown Columbia. The signs include images and information about sit-ins, marches and legal cases that took place in Columbia during the civil rights era.
The markers are part of an effort to showcase the role that South Carolina's capital city played in the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Other events have included showings of movies about the era and a photography show. A traveling exhibition with information on happenings from other southern cities also stopped in Columbia.
One of those honored is David Carter. Carter was with a group of protestors gathered at the State House when the protestors wer told to leave. Carter was one of the plaintiffs involved in a lawsuit that set legal precedents striking down state-sanctioned segregation.
The accompanying video is Carter's son Dedric, taking the tour, in his own words.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)