Black Leaders in Atlanta Want Rebel Flag Removed

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Atlanta, GA (AP) - Black leaders want Confederate flags removed from
an Atlanta cemetery where they recently buried the late president
of a civil rights group.

Protesters gathered Wednesday at the Westview Cemetery to call
for removing the rebel flags from a monument to the 400 Confederate
soldiers buried there. Mourners noticed the flags while burying the
late president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference on

John H. Lewis, who is black, says that it's an affront that the Confederate flags are flying.

Cemetery officials say they cannot remove the flags because they
long ago sold the rights to the monument to the Sons of Confederate
Veterans, whose members are related to Southerners who fought in
the Civil War. The group says the flags will remain and aren't a
racial issue.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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