- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) - Speakers who attended a public hearing favor keeping the words “white” and “colored” on a plaque memorializing men from Florence who died in the First World War.

Local media outlets report only one of 14 people who spoke Thursday said the language should be changed. The plaque includes the names of 25 blacks who died, although it uses the word “colored.”

A local American Legion post owns the plaque and has permission to move it to a city park. The move was halted temporarily because of concern about the wording.

Those in favor of keeping the wording say it could be an education tool and changing it would be rewriting history. One suggestion was to put a second plaque nearby explaining why it identifies troops as white and colored.

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