- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The Latest on a group of Congress members touring South Carolina to learn about the civil rights movement in the state (all times local):

12:45 p.m.

South Carolina’s sole congressional Democrat says there is still much to be learned about the state’s dark civil rights past.

U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn told reporters in Columbia on Friday that he hopes his fellow members of Congress who are traveling the state can learn some of that history over the next three days.

Clyburn is hosting more than a dozen members of Congress who are taking part in the Pilgrimage to South Carolina. The group led by U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia is making several stops throughout the state, culminating with Sunday services at the black Charleston church were nine parishioners were gunned down last summer. Lewis, who was severely beaten in Alabama during the civil rights era, also experienced violence in South Carolina.

Organizers say 14 members of Congress are taking part in the trip, equally split between Democrats and Republicans.

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4:30 a.m.

Two dozen members of Congress led by U.S. Reps. Jim Clyburn and John Lewis are spending the next three days participating in a civil rights and race relations tour of South Carolina.

Organizers say the Pilgrimage to South Carolina that starts Friday is an exercise in forgiveness and strength in a state whose reaction to last summer’s violence has been held out by some as a model of how to handle racially charged situations.

The delegation visits several churches in the Columbia area Friday. Members are also visiting the site of the Orangeburg Massacre where three students were killed during a protest of a segregated bowling alley in 1968.

Attendees will also discuss the effect of the Charleston church shootings and worship at Emanuel AME on Sunday.

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