‘Take it down:’ Calhoun Monument will be moved from Marion Square, Charleston mayor says

Nearly 124 years after it was erected, the John C. Calhoun Monument in Marion Square will come down and be relocated, Charleston’s mayor said on Wednesday.

City Council members will vote to remove and relocate the statue during their Tuesday meeting, Mayor John Tecklenburg said. Jubilation over the mayor’s decision by those in the crowd at the monument’s base set of hours of celebration, followed by vandalism of the memorial, graffiti and several arrests by Charleston police.

City officials would not say how quickly the statue at the top of the monument could be removed, but Tecklenburg said the removal of the entire monument, starting with the statue, will occur in installments.

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