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WHEREAS, decommissioned in 1962, the Morris Island Lighthouse served the citizens of South Carolina for nearly three centuries, providing light to ensure maritime safety in Charleston Harbor; and
WHEREAS, the Morris Island Lighthouse is a testament to the rich history of Morris Island and the Palmetto State, providing a visible and tangible record of centuries of maritime industry; and
WHEREAS, tragically, the future of the Morris Island Lighthouse is threatened by years of neglect, vandalism, and the effects of the environment on the foundation, brickwork, and ironwork; and
WHEREAS, on December 13, 2000, the State of South Carolina will accept title to the Morris Island Lighthouse, which will then be leased to Save the Light for 99 years; and
WHEREAS, as a grassroots organization dedicated to the preservation of the history of the Palmetto State, Save the Light will work to raise funds and coordinate preservation and maintenance of the Morris Island Lighthouse for the enjoyment of residents and visitors now and in the future.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jim Hodges, Governor of the Great State of South Carolina, do hereby proclaim December 13, 2000, as Morris Island Lighthouse Day throughout the state and encourage all South Carolinians to recognize the importance of preserving this landmark to the rich history of the Palmetto State.