The Confederate battle flag on the modest flagpole beside the Confederate soldier's monument on the northern grounds of the Capitol in Columbia is well-known to defenders and detractors alike. Often ignored is the presence of an impressive relief sculpture on the eastern grounds of the Capitol.

The 25-foot-long granite and bronze sculpture by Ed Dwight of Denver, dedicated in 2001, depicts the long history of black people in South Carolina, including the raising of the first two regiments of black troops formed from among freed slaves.