Thursday, July 24, 2014
Goose Creek has added the local chapter of the NAACP’s logo to the city’s welcome sign at the entrance to town on U.S. 52 North.
Goose Creek NAACP president David Cakley and Goose Creek Mayor Michael Heitzler dedicated the addition Tuesday morning in a brief ceremony, along with other members of the local chapter.
“This is a milestone for our branch in Goose Creek,” Cakley said. “It is also a milestone as a whole for South Carolina. This is the first sign of its type in the state.
“It’s there to let everybody know that an organization that stands for fairness, justice and equality is here.”
The opportunity to add the new sign came when a spot opened after a sign for an inactive organization was removed. Cakley said the entire process took about five months to complete.
“The mayor and city were both very receptive to our sign being included,” Cakley said. “It made the process very smooth.”
The local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was established in 2003. It meets the fourth Monday of each month at the Berkeley Electric Cooperative building at 2 Springhall Drive.