Honor Black Confederates In SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum
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The South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum serves the purpose of preserving and accurately portraying the rich military legacy of the State of South Carolina throughout its history.
It has come to our attention that the contributions made by blacks in service to the State of South Carolina during the War of Northern Aggression (i.e. "American Civil War") are not reflected in the displays within the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum. While there is representation of those blacks from South Carolina who took up arms for the Union, there is nothing to show the contributions, sacrifices, and honor of their Confederate counterparts.
It is reflected in our State records that in the 1920s hundreds of still living Black Confederate Soldiers drew pensions in relation to their service to our State (this does not account for the untold number of Black Confederates who died prior to the issuing these pensions). Nevertheless, their contributions and service are not included in the Confederate Relic Room displays. We find the exclusion of Black Confederate Soldiers from the Confederate Relic Room to be completely unacceptable. This type of manipulation and exclusion of facts in historic record and representation creates a distorted perspective of our States military history to visitors of the Relic Room. Furthermore, to exclude, neglect, or otherwise disregard the contributions of Black Confederate Soldiers is a gross disrespect to their service and memory.
We respectfully request that the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum expedite the inclusion of the contributions and service of Black Confederate Soldiers to their displays within the museum.
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