George Washington Statue Covered to Prevent Martin Luther King Celebrants From Being Offended-Fiction!

George Washington Statue Covered to Prevent Martin Luther King Celebrants From Being Offended-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:

This forwarded email says that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) constructed a box around a statue of George Washington at a 2011 Martin Luther King Jr. observance ceremony in Columbia, South Carolina.  The email says that the NAACP did this out of concern that  participants would not feel offended by its presence.
 

The Truth:

There was an event celebrating the life of Martin Luther King Jr. in Columbia, South Carolina and according to a January 18, 2011 article in South Carolina’s The State, a statue of George Washington was covered by a three-sided structure that was “intended to display a rally graphic and serve as a photo-and-television backdrop for the event’s speakers.” 

The statue of the First President has been covered in past events and the article said that their archives showed similar structures erected dating back as far as 2007. We have found no evidence that this was purposely meant to hide the statue of Washington this year or any years prior.

updated 02/28/11