- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—A sign fronting the site of the planned Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce building has been removed after someone spray-painted “RACIST” across the front of it last week.

Chamber president Larry Holman said the sign, on the lot at Bladen Street and Duke Street across from the current chamber building, was vandalized late Friday or early Saturday and would cost about $200 to replace. The graffiti greeted Beaufort Water Festival parade participants Saturday, as the parade route passed the lot.

Police later removed the sign, which has been replaced with a blue sign with “LOVE” written across it.

The incident followed social media postings last week questioning the need for the organization, Holman said. Holman said he responded to a critical post by telling the person to visit the Black Chamber’s website and learn about its programs, which he said differ from the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce.

He said he kept a record of the conversation and will provide it to Beaufort police if asked.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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