Judge says lawsuit to integrate SC war monument can proceed

GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) – A South Carolina judge says members of the American Legion can press their lawsuit seeking to bring long-delayed integration to a World War I memorial that separates the soldiers’ names by race.

Circuit Judge Frank Addy late last week refused to dismiss the lawsuit.

An American Legion statue in Greenwood memorializing soldiers who died in World War I separates their names into “colored” and “white.” The group and the city of Greenwood want to change it.

But a 2000 law that removed the Confederate flag from atop the Statehouse dome also requires two-thirds approval from the General Assembly to change any historical monument in the state.

Lawyers for the state had said American Legion members cannot sue because lawmakers have never voted on that particular monument.

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