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People gathered at the tip of the Charleston peninsula Sunday to begin a march from the Battery to Marion Square to promote racial equality.

In a cloud of dust 115 feet above downtown Charleston, workers sawed through bronze and concrete to take down the Calhoun statue in Marion Square. They didn't know what they would find.

"Charleston is a place that we want to be proud of. It is a place where people should feel welcome, regardless of the color of their skin, their gender, religion, creed, or their sexual orientation." Watch as the Calhoun statue is removed from Marion Square. 📹 by @Gavin_McI 

News item: John C. Calhoun statue removed from Charleston’s Marion Square Reax: Yes, right near the corner of Calhoun (named for that same guy) and King (not named for MLK)

WATCH: Crews took down a John C. Calhoun statue from Charleston’s Marion Square. Calhoun was a U.S. vice president and defended slavery

City leaders say a sizeable donation will help the city offset some of the cost to remove the John C. Calhoun statue from Marion Square.

After nearly 124 years in Marion Square, the 12-foot-tall bronze statue of John C. Calhoun has been plucked from its perch. View more photos of the historic moment as well as onlookers' reactions:

LIVE: Crews working to remove John C. Calhoun statue from Marion Square in Charleston

LOOK: Crews removed a John C. Calhoun statue from Charleston’s Marion Square. Calhoun was a U.S. vice president and an advocate for slavery

After setbacks, crews officially removed the John C. Calhoun statue from its pedestal high above Marion Square in downtown Charleston. via WSPA7

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LOOK: Crews removed a John C. Calhoun statue from Charleston’s Marion Square. Calhoun was a U.S. vice president and an advocate for slavery

Crowds gathered in Charleston, South Carolina, to celebrate the removal of a statue of former Vice President John C. Calhoun from the city’s Marion Square

Crowds of people gathered in Charleston this morning as crews began removing a statue of former Vice President John C. Calhoun — who was a staunch defender of slavery — from Marion Square. A panel of historians will determine where the statue will go.

BREAKING: Nearly 124 years after it was erected, the John C. Calhoun Monument in Marion Square will come down and be relocated, Charleston’s mayor said on Wednesday.

As equipment continues to be brought in, a crowd is gathering. This woman has been in Marion Square for several hours, protesting against the statue removal and opining on other issues.

JUST IN: Charleston City Council has officially voted to remove the Calhoun Monument from Marion Square. The vote was unanimous.

BREAKING: The Calhoun Monument is being removed from Marion Square tonight. Calhoun Street between Meeting and King is closed.

"I love each and every one of you. I want to understand all of you." Kneeling before police in Marion Square, Givionne "Gee" Jordan, Jr. had a message for officers: "I am not your enemy." Then he was handcuffed.

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