What’s with the camel at the State House?


As long as I’m posting questions based on photos taken downtown this morning

Does anybody know why there was a camel — a real, live camel standing there chewing his cud — on the grounds of the State House this morning, just a few yards from the Confederate Soldier Monument?

Was it a statement? Was someone saying the State House is a Idea Desert or something? I mean, it wasn’t Hump Day or anything.

I suppose I could have parked and walked back and asked, but it’s more fun to pose it as a mystery…

4 thoughts on “What’s with the camel at the State House?

  1. Juan Caruso

    You ask a curious camel question, Brad.
    The Democrat donkey first appeared in 1828, the Republican elephant in 1874, and for the Prohibitionist Party (founded in 1869) (with the theme of not drinking often, and then only water) was the camel. Originally a dromedary, the symbol was later changed to the Bactrian camel in order not to be associated with the logo on Camel Cigarettes.

    So, does your photo of a one hump camel signify a split in the SC Republican party, a resurgence of the Prohibinionists, or an attempt by SC Dems to expropriate conservatism?

    No, it is none of the above, its only an oddball photo.

  2. Karen Pearson

    I know that there is a person in or near Columbia who has a camel that is often used in creche scenes. I’ve met man and camel and both are very nice. The camel is very patient with children. This one may be that camel.

  3. Bob Amundson

    That’s Abraham the Camel, who was downtown to be in a commercial for “Cleopatra” (an upcoming Columbia City Ballet’s show at the Koger Center, March 24)


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