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SOUTH CAROLINA: Most Confederate Monuments Remain After Emmanuel Church Shooting

The Charleston Defenders of the Confederacy monument at White Point Garden is one of three prominent Confederate memorials in the city. Brad Nettles/Staff

About 110 Confederate monuments and designations have been removed from the national landscape in recent years, but a new survey shows many more remain.

The Southern Poverty Law Center released a report Monday that identifies 1,728 Confederate monuments, street names and other symbols still in public spaces, mostly in the South but also in other states. Its 2016 report found 1,502.

The new list includes 192 in South Carolina and 10 in the Charleston area, seven of which are James Island streets named after Confederate leaders.

The center, which fully supports removing Confederate monuments and names, began compiling and publicizing its list after Dylann Roof, a white supremacist who posed with the Confederate battle flag, shot and killed nine black worshippers inside Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church in June 2015.

“Roof did not spark a race war. Far from it,” the center said in a release. “Instead … Roof ignited something else entirely: a grassroots movement to remove the flag from public spaces.”

The S.C. Legislature was among …

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