‘Redneck shop’ in SC

March 10, 2008

The Redneck Shop in Laurens, South Carolina is a modernately famous place, written up by several weeklies as an example of how some things never change. And they’re right.

I only mention this because I have a number of relatives in and around Laurens (my father’s side). A cousin used to own a store just across from the Redneck Shop is located.

A black civil rights activist is fighting to close a store that sells KKK robes and T-shirts emblazoned with racial slurs. David Kennedy is confident he can make it happen. After all, he says he owns the building.

Kennedy, 54, has led protests outside the store since it opened but said he’s never been able to close it because of the agreement that Howard can run the shop for life.

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