By: Mashoor Media
Former Congressman and Democratic candidate for Governor Joe Cunningham has renewed his call for the removal of Confederate Memorial Day as a state holiday.
Cunningham said Election Day should be observed as a state holiday instead, calling the observance of Confederate Memorial Day in South Carolina “embarrassing.”
“This is another example of how our state continues to live in the past. It’s embarrassing. When I’m governor, we’re going to end Confederate Memorial Day
South Carolina observes This day on May 10, the day when “Stonewall” Jackson died in 1863 and the day Confederate President Davis was captured by Union soldiers in 1865.
The holiday was officially recognized in 2000 as a compromise to the addition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day in January to the state calendar.
Efforts have been taken to return this day to the list of holidays. Alabama and Mississippi are only other 2 states to recognize this day as state holiday.