Peace rally planned at Confederate monument in downtown Greenville

Some are calling for S.C. to change its law to allow local decisions whether to take down Confederate monuments. Monuments dot the Upstate, including on Main Street in Greenville.

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Local civil rights group Fighting Injustice Together plans to hold a peace rally Saturday to call for the removal of the Greenville County Confederate Monument in downtown, the organization announced Thursday.

The rally is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the monument at Springwood Cemetery at 410 N. Main St. The monument of a Confederate soldier stands near the entrance of the cemetery.

Travis Greene, president of Fighting Injustice Together, is asking the public to come out and peacefully request that the monument is removed because of its "racist premises."

"We feel like it is a symbol of oppression for African Americans here," Greene said.

Greene said he didn’t know there was a confederate monument in the city until recently.

Greene said FIT will also reach out to local state representatives to support the movement and work to change laws and write new legislation to get the monuments removed.

Some in South Carolina have recently called for changes to the Heritage Act, the state law that requires a two-thirds vote from the General Assembly to change or remove a monument or rename a school or street named after a historical figure.

Cities across the South have started to discuss Confederate monuments in the wake of racially-charged events in Charlottesville, Virginia, this month.

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