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SC Democrats make it official: No more Jefferson-Jackson Dinner

Busts of Presidents Andrew Jackson, front, and Thomas Jefferson
Busts of Presidents Andrew Jackson, front, and Thomas Jefferson mwalsh@thestate.com

The S.C. Democratic Party officially has renamed its annual dinner to remove any reference to two previous presidents.

The Jefferson-Jackson Dinner now will be known as the Blue Palmetto Dinner, after a meeting of the party’s executive committee this week.

S.C. Democrats controversially decided last year to drop the names of Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, two of the party’s founders, from their annual fundraising dinner.

Both men were slaveowners and Jackson was instrumental in the removal of Native Americans from their traditional homelands in the Southeast. Modern members of the party increasingly have become uncomfortable with the historic association, and other state parties had dropped the names, too.

The first Blue Palmetto Dinner will be held April 28.

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