Group did not mean to insult Washington - wistv.com - Columbia, South Carolina

Group did not mean to insult Washington

Source: Colonel Steve Vitali USMC (Ret) Source: Colonel Steve Vitali USMC (Ret)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The South Carolina NAACP says it was not trying to hide a statue of one of our country's founders on the State House grounds at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day rally Monday.

A three-sided wooden partition covered up a monument of George Washington during Monday's King Day at the Dome prayer service, rally and march.

The "box," which allowed only the back of the statue to be visible, had some people wondering why it was there.

The Executive Director of the South Carolina NAACP says his organization was not trying to hide the statue or disrespect George Washington.  Dwight James says the partition was put in place to hold up a King Day at the Dome banner, but the banner was not ready to be put up when the procession arrived so it was left blank. 

There ceremony went on with just the partition up. 

James says it was in no way a statement on George Washington and that the group has used the same type of partition in years past.

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