‘Secession Ball’ Marks Kickoff to South Carolina’s Commemoration of Civil War Anniversary
December 20, 2010
(ChattahBox U.S. News)—Despite a lack of state funds, South Carolina is going ahead with plans to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War and highlighting the state’s role in the war. With only $65,000 granted by the state to coordinate the events, planners are working with private sponsors and a lean budget, but want to get information out to the public about the war, The State reports.
One of the first events marking the war’s anniversary will be tonight’s privately-sponsored “secession ball,” organized by the Confederate Heritage Trust, and the original Ordinance of Secession will be displayed, sparking debate about whether the group is celebrating treason and slavery, which were central to the war, The State reports. Sponsors of the ball note that the gala will merely celebrate the courage of the men who signed the Articles of Secession, not slavery or murder.
Over the summer, the state plans to conduct war reenactments, historical readings, musical programs, and period militia drilling, among other events, The State reports. South Carolina officials want to ensure that the events accurately tell the story of what happened without glorifying the way things were under slavery, a parks ranger noted to The State.