Hearing delayed in suit over 'colored' and 'white' monument

JEFFREY COLLINS

LAURENS, S.C. (AP) — Arguments about a lawsuit that seeks belated integration for a World War I memorial that separates the soldiers' names by race have been delayed

Lawyers for the state of South Carolina planned to argue Tuesday that the lawsuit should be thrown out. But that hearing was postponed until March.

On the other side of the lawsuit is a Greenwood group that wanted to change plaques on the World War I monument that list the dead under separate "colored" and "white" sections. They were stopped by the Heritage Act.

The act requires a two-thirds vote from the state Legislature to change any historical monument from any era of history. It was passed in 2000 when lawmakers feared a backlash against monuments and street names honoring Confederates.