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2 charged with trying to destroy Tillman statue

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Two people accused of placing an incendiary device at the foot of a monument to an avowed racist at the South Carolina Statehouse were arrested Wednesday, authorities said.
Officers at the Statehouse found the device Saturday night near the “Pitchfork” Ben Tillman statue, authorities said. The device contained thermite, a chemical mixture used in welding to melt pieces of metal to fuse them together, investigators said.
The statue was not damaged, officials said.
Anna Elizabeth Jordan, 19, and James McTeer, 36, were charged with arson and use of a destructive device. Both remained in jail, and records did not show if they had lawyers who could speak on their behalf.
Tillman first gained prominence in South Carolina in 1876 while leading a white mob to intimidate African Americans from voting. He later built his political career as governor and U.S. senator in South Carolina on a racist platform that Blacks were inferior to whites and should have no political power.
Recent protests have called for the removal of Tillman’s statue from in front of the capitol, but it is protected by state law.

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