The Sons of Confederate Veterans have put up a new memorial honoring the men who signed the document for South Carolina to leave the United States.
The Confederate heritage group paid for the monument on private land in Abbeville on what is called Secession Hill after key speeches there led the state to decide to leave the Union after President Abraham Lincoln’s election in 1860.
The 20-ton (18,100-kilogram), 11-foot (3.3-meter) tall granite marker has the names of the 170 men who signed the Ordinance of Secession and an excerpt of the document’s text. It was dedicated on Nov. 10.
The new marker is just a few blocks away from a historical marker remembering the lynching of Anthony Crawford, a rich black farmer attacked by a white mob.