No secession monument for North Charleston park

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - Mayor Keith Summey has withdrawn an offer to allow a monument to South Carolina secession to be built at Riverfront Park.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported today that Summey says his offer to the Sons of Confederate Veterans has become too controversial. He says while the Civil War is part of history, some people were using his offer to try to divide the city along racial lines.

He says the monument should go to the lab in North Charleston where the Confederate submarine Hunley is being preserved, or else at the North Charleston site where a museum to the submarine will be built.

A spokesman for the Confederate group says he'd like to see the monument at a Hunley-related location.