Thursday, May 8, 2008

Sons of Confederate Veterans Placed Confederate Flags at Old Bayview

Richard Longoria
Story Created: May 3, 2008 at 2:15 PM CDT
Story Updated: May 3, 2008 at 2:28 PM CDT
May 2, 2008
Confederate flags on grounds of historic Old Bayview Cemetery were flying for a while this week, but were taken down sometime on Friday by City of Corpus Christi workers. A representative from the city said the flags were removed because some of them were on graves of people who were not Confederate soldiers and thus the action did not follow proper procedure.

This is a story that has stirred lots of emotions from both points of view. The people who live around the cemetery are largely African Americans and they say they find the flags offensive and hurtful. They say for them the flag is a symbol of racial hatred and slavery.

The flags were placed at the cemetery last weekend on Confederate Heritage Day by members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Mac Morris of the organization said their group placed the flags there to honor the ones who served in the Confederate Army and meant no offense to anyone and not to promote any agenda of racial hatred.

It's unclear right now if the Confederate organization will take any action against the city for removing their flags.

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