Change the name of Calhoun Street in Charleston, SC

Change the name of Calhoun Street in Charleston, SC

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Stacy Lambert started this petition to Senator Tim Scott and

I would like to petition changing the name of Calhoun Street in Charleston, SC. This street is named after John C. Calhoun, a notorious slave owner who considered slavery a "positive good" that benefited both slaves and slave owners rather than a "necessary evil" like so many in the south claimed. At any given time he had 70-80 slaves on his plantation, and while he treated them better than other slave owners, these individuals had no rights and often suffered. 

Calhoun Street in downtown Charleston is one of the main thoroughfares of the city and gained international attention on June 17, 2015 when a young man named Dylan Roof, a white supremacist, walked into Mother Emanuel AME church and shot twelve African American church goers, nine of whom died. This church is one of Americas oldest black churches and has long been a site for community organization around civil rights. Roof said he targeted this church specifically in the hope of igniting a race war. Rather than honor a man who once owned slaves, I propose we change the name of Calhoun Street to Reverend Pinckney Street after Reverend and State Senator Clementa C. Pinckney, one of the victims of this atrocious hate crime who was also an incredible leader in our community.  

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