City Where Civil War Began Is Getting MLK Memorial

September 28, 2011 - 8:45 AM

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The city where the Civil War began is getting a memorial to slain civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports (http://bit.ly/rguuhJ ) that Charleston City Council has approved an agreement with the National Park Service to place the memorial at Liberty Square — the four-acre park at the Fort Sumter National Monument Visitors Center in Charleston.

Fort Sumter Superintendent Tim Stone says the monument is appropriate for the square.

A citizens committee working on the memorial will decide its design and then raise money. There is no estimate of the cost.

The only public tribute to King in Charleston is a street sign marking a neighborhood as the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial District.