YORK COUNTY, S.C. -- For the first time in three decades, York County Officials has canceled the annual Civil War reenactment.
The Culture and Heritage Museum director says the decision was made due to safety concerns.
“Paramount would be safety and could we provide the necessary security should something happen," said director Carrey Tilley.
After the deadly protest in Charlottesville, Virginia in August, organizers realized they were not equipped to handle a protest, let alone a violent one. This prompted organizers to cancel the event.
“There are people out there with a political agenda looking for a target," said Tilley. "Charlottesville raised things to another level in the country.”
The decision coming as upsetting news to several people in the community, including the actors.
“I was very disappointed," one actor told NBC Charlotte. "I did not agree with the decision. I’ve done several hundred reenactments and have never seen any incidents at any of them.”
For a seventh grader, the reenactment was a fun history lesson.
“I’ve gone a couple times with my school and all of us enjoyed it. I don’t think they should cancel it.”
Another woman told us she wishes the museum would've hired security instead of canceling the entire event.
“I feel like it wouldn’t make sense just because they may feel somebody’s going to come out and protests, that’s just people being ignorant and stupid.”
The event is scrapped from the calendar this year and won't happen again until 2018. The director said this gives organizers more time to diversify the reenactment, expanding the story pass the Civil War and white actors.
“It’s difficult to talk about the Civil war and leave out the story against slavery and we’re on a plantation," said Tilley. "Our mission is about telling a story of a plantation and you can’t tell it without the African-American Community.”