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Welcome to the “Four Corners of Law”

As you walk around Charleston you’ll eventually come to the intersection of Meeting and Broad streets. Stop and look around. It once made “Ripley’s Believe it or Not,” a one-time widely published newspaper column, as the “Four Corners of Law” — a label it still holds.

On one corner is the Charleston City Hall, which represents municipal law. On another corner is the Charleston County Courthouse, which represents state law. On a third corner is the Federal Building (now used mostly as a post office), which represents federal law. And on the fourth corner is St. Michael’s Church, which represents God’s law.

But the reason Ripley featured it in his newspaper column is that at some point every day when the sun is shining, the church’s shadow falls on each of the other three buildings.

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