Former S.C. slave’s legacy disputed

For years, this city has debated whether to erect a monument to one of its most divisive figures — Denmark Vesey, the convicted plotter of a 19th-century slave rebellion.

Now, just when the monument builders have the upper hand, there’s another question: Which Vesey should be memorialized?

The one who incited slaves to burn down the city, kill the whites, steal the ships and sail to freedom in Haiti? Or the one who, says the author of an upcoming book, was an innocent victim — framed by one white politician to discredit another? Read More

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