Orangeburg, SC – A city panel says the Edisto River Creamery’s owner cannot build a “freedom wall” in front of his restaurant where a Confederate flag display already stands.
Orangeburg’s Building Board of Appeals on Thursday unanimously upheld a stop work order issued against restaurant owner Tommy Daras in September.
“It appears that you don’t own that small piece of property,” Chairman Wes Summers told Daras following an hour-long hearing.
Daras wants to build a 25-foot long “freedom wall” and put up an American flag in front of his restaurant. That spot already contains a Confederate flag and a marker referencing Gen. William T. Sherman’s crossing of the Edisto River.
Daras wants the flag removed, claiming he has a deed to the land at the corner of John C. Calhoun Drive and Russell Street.
But a small plot of land in front of his restaurant is also claimed by the Sons of Confederate Veterans Rivers Bridge Camp 842, which maintains the flag display. The group was given the land in front of the restaurant by its previous owner, the late Maurice Bessinger.
The Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 842 says it has been paying taxes on the property and its deed is older than the one held by Daras.