Washington – The South Carolina Democratic Party’s annual fundraising dinner has a new name.
The event, scheduled this year for April 28, will be called the “Blue Palmetto Dinner,” state party director Jaime Harrison announced on Friday.
It previously was known as the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner, a popular name for fundraising dinners by many state Democratic parties in recognition of two party founders: Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson.
Many of those same state parties – including neighboring Georgia’s – have reconsidered the Jefferson and Jackson names out of sensitivity to the former presidents’ historical connections to slavery and treatment of Native American tribes in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Last August, the S.C. Democratic Party’s executive committee decided to do the same.
At the time, t were several ideas on a new name.
Harrison, who is running to be chairman of the Democratic National Committee, did not explain how the committee members arrived at “Palmetto Blue.” But it is of course a nod to South Carolina’s state tree as well as to the color of its flag and Democratic Party.