President Barack Obama has been invited to Charleston this spring to participate in the 150th anniversary observance of the beginning of the Civil War.
Charleston Mayor Joe Riley has invited the president to take part in an April 11, 2011 concert at White Point Garden. He has asked Obama to narrate composer Aaron Copland’s work “Lincoln Portrait” in the concert. The president has not visited South Carolina since he was elected. Riley says the reading of Lincoln’s words would have great significance if read by the nation’s first black president.
The Fort Sumter National Monument, run by the National Park Service, is extending its own invitation to Obama. The Parks Service oversees key Civil War landmarks in South Carolina.