Local vigil planned in response to Charlottesville tragedy

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COLUMBUS, Ind. — Bartholomew County area residents are planning a gathering at 7 p.m. today on the steps of Columbus City Hall for a vigil in support of racial justice and equality.
The vigil is planned in response to the deaths in Charlottesville, Virginia where a car plowed into a crowd of people peacefully protesting a white nationalist rally Saturday, killing one person and injuring more than a dozen others.
Organizers are asking those who attend to bring American flags and signs of love and solidarity.
Collaborating partners for the event include Bartholomew County Indivisible, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbus, First Presbyterian Church, SURG-Showing up for Racial/social Justice, Black Lives Matter, Bartholomew County Democrats and others.
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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.