GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – Upstate group “Fighting Injustice Together” held a rally in downtown Greenville today in hopes of having the Confederate monument removed and placed in the Confederate museum in Greenville.
The rally started at 1:00 p.m. on N. Main Street.
People with Black Lives Matter also participated in the event.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) gathered in downtown Greenville for a different reason.
They sent out the following statement:
We, The Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) gathered here today peacefully and respectfully not to advance any political agenda, but simply to stand as sentinels at the Memorial Park. The SCV is an international 501(c) 3 organization that is neither political nor sectional. We are first and foremost a historical honour society dedicated to protecting and preserving the Confederate Soldiers good name, and fully support the Rule of Law. The Sons of Confederate Veterans condemns in the strongest possible way the actions of actions, words, and beliefs of ANY RACIST and/or HATE GROUPS.
The Greenville Confederate Soldier stands not as a symbol of hate or white supremacy, but as a tribute to the sons of Greenville who fought to defend their homes. The Monument erected 125 years during the so-called period of reconciliation encouraged by Northerners who realized if the Nation was to heal we needed to honour our own too. While all Confederate Soldier suffered from the trauma of War some gave much more. In fact, the South as a whole endured many hardships during and after the War. Funds to pay for this Monument were raised by the Ladies Memorial Association collecting pennies, nickels and dimes from schoolchildren and holding bake sales etcetera. It also stands as a testimonial to their respect and diligence. Remember, these were hard times in South Carolina.
It is the understanding of the SCV that the group protesting the Statue suggests the Soldier be moved to the Museum & Library of Confederate History something they sought recently to close. We have to ask where they propose we place the other monuments, memorials etcetera scattered throughout the City of Greenville. Is not the statue dedicated to Sterling High School in downtown Greenville a reminder of segregation? Certainly, this was a period that most Greenvillians would like to forget, the point being we should not forget but learn from the past. These reminders are needed so we do not forget.”
Legion of the South joined in on the side of SCV.
These groups said the statue is a symbol of history and they want it to stay.
We had a crew on the scene.
No violence occurred during the rally.
Our 7News crew was told by police that there will be extra security around the monument tonight to keep people from vandalizing it.
We will update this article as more information becomes available.