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Racially segregated war memorial plaques divide South Carolina town
Racially segregated war memorial plaques divide South Carolina town

It was a noble gesture intended to salve the wounds of this former mill town’s segregated past. Mayor Welborn Adams and the local American Legion raised $15,000 for new plaques on the town’s war memorial to replace ones that designate the dead from World Wars I and II as either “Colored” or “White.” Instead of praise for righting the wrongs of the past, Adams was threatened with arrest and accused of whitewashing history. “I know you can’t change history, but why keep segregating people by race?” Adams asked inside his downtown real estate office before strolling down the street to show a visitor the memorial and its worn bronze...

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