We, the following citizens of Charleston, South Carolina, are petitioning Mayor John C. Tecklenburg to fulfill the promise made by his predecessor Joseph P. Riley in 1975. Riley was elected with overwhelming support of the African American community in Charleston and promised to spread the city’s wealth the community that helped create it, but never reaped the benefits of it. However, as time progressed black Charlestonians were increasingly pushed out of the peninsula. We were told the land upon which our communities were built was contaminated and forcibly moved only to find multimillion dollar condominiums erected on sites we called home for generations. The lies continued as our students were forced out of their schools so that could be made earthquake proof. Now, we are once again being slapped in the face with plans to build the International African American Museum on truly contaminated land as opposed to using the Friendship Park/Wilmot J. Fraser Elementary School building at 63 Columbus Street, which is currently up for auction.
I, MOHAMMED KHALID IDRIS, ASK YOU TO JOIN ME BY SIGNING THIS PETITION AND I ASK THAT YOU BE PRESENT AT THE CITY COUNCIL MEETING WHEN WE DEMAND THE SAME FROM OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS.