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Activist group announces peace rally to call for removal of Confederate monument in Greenville

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Illustration of the Confederate Monument in Greenville (Courtesy: City of Greenville) Illustration of the Confederate Monument in Greenville (Courtesy: City of Greenville)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Greenville activist group said it will hold a peace rally on Saturday to call on city leaders to remove a Confederate monument at the Springwood Cemetery.

Fighting Injustice Together said the rally will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the cemetery, located at 410 North Main Street.

“We will be reaching out to Rep. Gary E. Clary (R-Clemson), Rep. Chandra Dillard (D-Greenville), and Senator Karl B. Allen (D-Greenville) in reference to supporting this movement and proactively working on changing laws and writing new legislation to get such monuments removed.” FIT President Travis Greene stated in an e-mail.

According to the city of Greenville’s website, the Confederate Monument was erected in 1891 in the likeness of Confederate soldier James Ligon. It previously stood on Main Street near where the Hyatt is currently located before being moved to the historic cemetery in 1922.

Sheriff Will Lewis issued a statement which said the Greenville County Sheriff's Office strongly supports First Amendment rights but would not condone violence or property damage.

"We pray for a peaceful resolution to the ongoing events and ask everyone to be respectful of opposing opinions," Lewis said.

The Greenville Police Department recommended those not participating in the protest to avoid the area near Springwood Cemetery at the coroner of North Main and Elford Streets.

"We are hoping for a peaceful protest and will be there to enforce ordinances and state laws," Officer Jonathan Bragg said.

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