FORT MILL, S.C. — Among South Carolina’s many Confederate memorials, one conveys a message that the descendants of former slaves want to keep in place.

The Herald of Rock Hill reports ( ) that a monument in Fort Mill’s Confederate Park is dedicated to “faithful slaves” who protected the homes of their masters during the Civil War. Descendants of Confederate veteran Samuel White’s slaves say the monument should stay.

It is one of what may be only three monuments across America honoring slaves. Smithsonian Magazine says the other two are in West Virginia and Arlington National Cemetery in northern Virginia.

The Fort Mill monument was built in 1895 by the White family. The land and other monuments to Confederate soldiers, Confederate women and Confederate-friendly Catawba Indians were later transferred to the town.

Information from: The Herald,

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