This is the State House of South Carolina, in Columbia.
See that bronze statue in front of the steps?
It’s a statue of George Washington, leader of the American Revolution, Founding Father and first President of the United States of America.
Here’s a closer-up view of the statue from Shutterstock:
On Jan. 17, 2011, the NAACP sponsored a Martin Luther King Jr. Day rally before the State House in Columbia, SC.
This is what the NAACP did to the statue of the father of our country.
John O’Connor reports for The State that photos from the MLK event showed a three-sided box with Washington’s statue visible only from behind the stage.
South Carolina NAACP Executive Director Dwight James said no offense was intended.
They were not trying to hide the statue.
The 3-sided box was intended to display a rally graphic and serve as a photo-and-television backdrop for the event’s speakers. “What we had constructed was a background with a graphic to be placed on it. We weren’t trying to obstruct anything.”
However, the graphic was not finished before the rally and could not be put in place.
The group had draped the founding father’s statue at previous rallies. MLK Day organizers have built similar structures around the statue dating back at least to 2007, according to The State newspaper’s archives.
However, most State House rallies, including an anti-abortion rally the Saturday before on Jan. 15, do not conceal the George Washington statue.
This what I think of the NAACP’s “explanation”:
H/t my friend John Molloy