Orangeburg restaurant owner threatens to dig up controversial Confederate marker

Orangeburg restaurant owner threatens to dig up controversial Confederate marker

ORANGEBURG, S.C. (AP/WIS) - An Orangeburg ice cream shop owner who wants to have a nearby Confederate flag removed is threatening to dig up a marker honoring rebel soldiers near the flagpole.

Edisto River Creamery owner Tommy Daras told The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg that he left a message with the Sons of Confederates chapter in Santee, saying if they want the monument, they better get it in a few days.

But members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans say Daras is breaking the law. The group says it was deeded 130 square feet to fly a Confederate flag by the former owner of the building, Maurice Bessinger. Daras says his property title does not include those details.

Edisto River Creamery is off Highway 301.

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