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New Civil War exhibit offers in-depth look at Wade Hampton III

(Columbia-AP) Jan. 3, 2006 - Wade Hampton III is getting a makeover of sorts in a new exhibit set to open this month in Columbia.

Hampton is known to many for his military prowess and plantation ownership.

The exhibit at the Confederate Relic Room portrays him as a man ahead of his time who fought for qualified voting rights and fair employment for blacks.

Curator William Long says most white politicians of Hampton's time would be considered racists by today's standards but Hampton would have been considered liberal in many ways.

The exhibit is called "Flashing Sabers, Thundering Hooves: South Carolina's Confederate Cavalry."

It opens January 26th in the Columbia Mills building, which also houses the State Museum.

Posted 3:50pm by Chantelle Janelle

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