This is a quick update to let your readers know that based on the information provided by Chicora Foundation the State Attorney General Charlie Condon, on Thursday, March 8 requested that the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) initiate an investigation of the City of Columbia's activities at the Slighs Avenue (Colored Asylum) cemetery. Condon's letter notes that the investigation is to "ascertain whether a prosecutable offense has been committed. At the time of their deaths, these African American citizens were under the care, custody, and control of the State of South Carolina. They were wards of the State. Who else but the State will safeguard the sanctity of their graves? The State cannot abdicate its responsibility to protect these individuals' final resting place."

In spite of the initiation of the investigation, the City of Columbia began installing yard markers the very next day, refusing to halt any construction activities.

This coming Monday Chicora Foundation will ask the Attorney General to force the City of Columbia to halt all construction, pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.

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Michael Trinkley, Ph.D., RPA
Director
Chicora Foundation, Inc.
PO Box 8664
Columbia, SC 29202-8664
803/787-6910
http://www.chicora.org


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