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No insult to Washington intended, group says

Jan 18, 2011 6:14:00 PM - thestate.com
No offense was intended.

The S.C. NAACP said Tuesday it was not trying to hide a State House statue of George Washington at its annual Martin Luther King Day rally Monday.

The group has draped the founding father’s statue at previous rallies. It did so again this year and questions quickly arose about whether Washington somehow was being slighted.

Not so, says the NAACP.

A three-sided structure that covered the front and sides of the statue was intended to display a rally graphic and serve as a backdrop for the event’s speakers, said S.C. NAACP executive director Dwight James. However, the graphic was not finished before the rally and could not be put in place.

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