Alabama removes flag: Alabama Confederate Flag
Published: June 25, 2015
Alabama removes flag: Alabama Confederate Flag, The tide against the Confederate flag and its historical markers continued to swell on Wednesday. It swept through Alabama, where Gov. Robert Bentley became the latest public official to take a stand against the rebel banner’s display on government property, and Mississippi, where Sens. Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran changed course and said their state should replace its flag, which features the battle emblem of the Confederacy.
Bentley on Wednesday ordered the removal of the Confederate battle flag and three other flags from the grounds in front of the state Capitol in Montgomery, where it stood in front of a memorial honoring Civil War soldiers.
According to AL.com, two workers emerged from the Capitol around 8:20 a.m. and took down the flags without fanfare.
Asked by a reporter whether he had ordered the flag’s removal, Bentley replied, “Yes I did.” Part of the reason, the Republican governor told AL.com, was last week’s shooting in South Carolina and the subsequent debate that has emerged surrounding the Confederate flag on that state’s Capitol grounds. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley announced earlier this week that the flag should be moved to a museum.
“This is the right thing to do,” Bentley said, according to the report. “We are facing some major issues in this state regarding the budget and other matters that we need to deal with. This had the potential to become a major distraction as we go forward. I have taxes to raise, we have work to do. And it was my decision that the flag needed to come down.”
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