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Celebrating Mexican independence
Scully in Raleigh

 

Camden Mayor Tony Scully (right) and ALPHA Center Hispanic/Latino Program Coordinator Carlos Harris (left) meet with Javier Diaz de Leon, consul general of Mexico for North and South Carolina, during a celebration of the 204th anniversary of Mexican independence at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh, N.C., on Sept. 15. Scully said Mexicans now comprise 9 percent of North Carolina’s population and are its second largest trading partner, generating $25 million per day. “Hispanics in South Carolina are 5.3 percent of the population, almost half a million people,” Scully said, “with a growth rate of 154 percent from 2000, the second fastest growth in the U.S., after Alabama.” The mayor also noted that 63 percent of Hispanics in South Carolina are Mexican.