Gov. Sanford Issues Statement on 'Orangeburg Massacre'
STATEMENT APOLOGIZES TO AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY
Governor Mark Sanford today issued the following statement on today's observance of the 35th Anniversary of what has become known as the 'Orangeburg Massacre:' "Mine and Jenny's thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and families of Henry Smith, Samuel Hammond and Delano Middleton on what is a difficult day not just for them but also for our state. While we pause during the celebration of Black History Month to observe the 35th anniversary of this tragedy, I think it's appropriate to tell the African-American community in South Carolina that we don't just regret what happened in Orangeburg 35 years ago - we apologize for it."