City where Civil War began getting King memorial

AP News
Posted: Sep 28, 2011 8:41 AM
City where Civil War began getting King memorial

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 ( 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.