South Carolina’s state Capitol building, a monument to the state’s first Black citizens, has been stripped of its Confederate memorials after the city’s Republican mayor announced plans to build a new one next month.
The state’s highest court on Monday ordered the state to immediately reverse the decision to remove the monuments.
In his statement on Monday, Mayor Ronnie Scott said that a new memorial would replace the two existing monuments in the city.
The city had been planning to move the two monuments to the south end of the Capitol building but Scott said it would cost too much money.
“There’s a tremendous amount of emotion surrounding this issue,” Scott said in the statement.
“It’s going to cost money.
It’s going not to be the best use of taxpayers’ money.”
The decision to scrap the two Confederate memorial panels came after a state law that was passed by the South Carolina legislature in 2017 stripped the Confederate symbols from public buildings and state buildings.
Scott, a Republican, announced in June that he would remove the two panels, saying they were in violation of a 2008 Supreme Court ruling.
“I am taking this step to ensure the future of this state and the South as a whole,” he said in a press release.
The South Carolina Republican Party has condemned the move, saying that removing the monuments would violate the state constitution.
Scott, who has also served as mayor of Columbia, South Dakota, said he planned to move his memorial to the Capitol but would not remove the Confederate statues.
In a letter to the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday morning, the U