John C. Calhoun Statue
329 Meeting Street
John C. Calhoun StatueCalhoun was the most powerful 19th C statesman Charleston had. He was a two Vice President of the United States of America, the U.S. Secretary of War, U.S. Secretary of State and he finished his career voted by his senate peers as one of the 5 greatest senators of all time.
This statue is part of the Charleston Historic Walking Tour, King Cotton, Slavery and the Planter Aristocracy and it is located in Marion Square.
The trend in our nation is for monuments that represent the Confederacy and White Supremacy to be taken down. We do not agree with this but think they should be used to create awareness and tell a much more complete story of our American History.
It is important to note that this is not the only location that Calhoun is cast in marble and stone. Busts of him and over 40 portraits of him can be seen at our U.S. Senate Chamber, Our U.S. Capitol Visitor's Center and at the Smithsonian Institute. Let us learn about this man and his racist and white supremacist views at all of these locations but let us not tear down and rename America.