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Gazette Premium Content SC capital, Columbia, unveils civil rights markers

Associated Press Updated: March 14, 2014 at 12:31 pm

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Officials in Columbia, capital of South Carolina, have unveiled nine historical markers recalling the city's civil rights legacy.

The commemorative signs inaugurated Friday include images and information about sit-ins, marches and legal cases that took place in Columbia during the struggle for racial equality of the 1950s and '60s. Other events included showings of movies about the era, a photography exhibition and a traveling exhibit that stopped in Columbia on civil rights events around the South.

Officials including state Supreme Court Chief Justice Jean Toal attended Friday's event and a walking tour of the markers.

In the 1960s, activists in many states around the South fought to integrate whites-only facilities, such as lunch counters and public swimming pools.

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