SC’s Constitutional Convention @ the Charleston Club

Walking down Meeting Street in Charleston the other day, I passed the site of the former Charleston Club. The spot is marked with a historical sign that tells the story of South Carolina’s first postwar Constitutional Convention.

SC Convention 01 

Alas, as the other side of the sign reveals, South Carolina’s progressive postwar constitution was superseded in 1895 by a much harsher, less visionary, racism-based document.

SC Convention 02

In the bottom photo, that’s the steeple of St. Michael’s Church in the background. The church, which has two signers of the U.S. Constitution buried in its churchyard, sits at the corner of Meeting Street and Broad Street.