On June 24, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) ordered the Confederate battle flag removed from the state Capitol grounds in Montgomery. Three weeks later, the Huntsville, Alabama, chapter of the NAACP said the Confederate battle flag worn by every Alabama state trooper and emblazoned on every trooper’s vehicle needs to go away, as well.
NAACP spokesperson Reverend Robert L. Shanklin said, “The time is right, and I just think it needs to be. We need to do a clean sweep. The state and local government, anywhere that that’s located.”
A version of the flag is contained in the coat of arms of the State of Alabama, and that coat of arms is what each trooper wears. The Alabama State Troopers acknowledged the request but said any decision to act on it will have to come from Governor Bentley.
This comes on the heels of a request by the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP that “a carving of Confederate war Generals Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson be removed from Stone Mountain.” That carving “is considered to be the largest bas-relief sculpture in the world.” Huntsville’s request precedes an anticipated Mississippi NAACP request for the state of Mississippi to remove the Confederate flag logo from its state flag.
National NAACP director Hilary Shelton said: “We want to put [the flag] where it belongs, in a historic museum. It belongs in a museum. So it should not be flown as a banner of reverence. It’s only flown as an emblem of hatred, violence, discrimination and murder. So, that being said, we’re calling for it to come down.”
Meanwhile, Walton County Commissioners are considering a petition by Daniel Uhlfelder to remove the Confederate flag from the war monument honoring the dead at the county courthouse. During Tuesday’scommission meeting, Uhlfelder and two others demanded commissioners vote to remove the flag immediately.
Impassioned pleas by several supporters included a historic presentation by Chaplain Wayne Mcleod of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. He noted it was not Confederate General Robert E. Lee who owned slaves, but Union General Ulysses S. Grant who was the slave owner. His presentation also brought cheers from numerous flag supporters who filled the South Walton governmental chamber.
Commissioners voted to move the issue to the next meeting to give residents who live in the rest of the county an opportunity to be heard on the issue before commissioners vote on the issue. If you want to be heard on whether the Confederate flag should be removed from the War Memorial Monument in Walton County,, the next meeting will be Tuesday, July 28th at 9:00 AM at the Walton County Courthouse Boardroom, 571 Nelson Avenue in Defuniak Springs. WZEP First News Now will be there to cover it all.