Restricted Column of Calhoun monument in Charleston demolished

Andersonh1

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Even with all that's gone on regarding historic American monuments in the last few months, this was shocking to me. Removing and storing a monument is one thing, but this one was pulled down and destroyed. The base and column of a monument are just as much a part of it as the statue.


Marion Square shook Wednesday morning as a demolition crew pulled down the massive granite pillar that held a statue of John C. Calhoun over Charleston for over a century.​
In 21 seconds, Target Construction backhoe operator Chris Rainey pulled down the column that was there for 124 years.​
Metal plates placed in front of the statue to protect the grass and walkways did little — in some spots, the more than 100,000 pound pillar was embedded nearly a foot into the ground.​
 
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