Mikaela Porter


Mikaela Porter joined The Post and Courier in April 2019 and writes about the city of Charleston. Previously, Mikaela reported on breaking news, local government, school issues and community happenings for The Hartford Courant in Hartford, Conn.

Workers cut apart the base of the John C. Calhoun statue in Marion Square in downtown Charleston, S.C., on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, as they r…

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Workers on Wednesday morning were struggling to lift the statue honoring the early 1800s South Carolina politician John C. Calhoun from a 115-foot-high perch overlooking Marion Square in downtown Charleston.

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Five years after nine Black churchgoers were murdered at Emanuel AME Church on Charleston's Calhoun Street, demonstrators gathered and continued their call for action. Though different tactics were used Wednesday, the message was the same: more action is needed to address violence against Black people, more action is needed to address low wages to Black people, more action is needed to better schools for Black children. 

Protesters celebrate the presumed demise of the John Calhoun monument in downtown Charleston, S.C., by spray painting and defacing the statue'…

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