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Where You Can Find Confederate Flag Flying in North Carolina

By    |   Thursday, 06 Aug 2015 02:37 PM

South Carolina’s recent decision to remove a Confederate flag from its statehouse grounds drew widespread attention. Neighboring North Carolina faced a similar decision two years ago when lawmakers opted to pull the rebel flag out of the state capitol. But the “Stars and Bars” can still be found in museums and on private property.

The recent controversy surrounding the Confederate flag sprung from the June 17 shooting of nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina. The accused gunman was pictured on his Facebook page with the Confederate flag and other symbols considered to be related to white supremacy.

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Meanwhile, the governors of Virginia and North Carolina quickly decided to remove the Confederate flag from specialty license plans in their states, WGHP-TV reported.

The Wilmington/New Hanover County Chapter of the North Carolina Black Leadership Caucus is seeking to have the Confederate flag banned in that county’s public places altogether, WECT-TV reported.

But others have mounted an “intense defense” of the symbol in some areas of North Carolina, according to The News & Observer. It reported, “North Carolina’s mom-and-pop retailers that sell the flag say they cannot restock it fast enough as customers search for it widely, saying it represents Southern heritage and fallen soldiers.”

North Carolina officials announced in March 2013 that at the request of civil rights leaders, they were removing a Confederate flag that was part of a temporary exhibit in the state’s capitol at Raleigh, according to The Associated Press. The state scrapped previous plans to leave the flag on display in the House chamber until April 2015 as part of an effort to replicate the way the statehouse appeared in 1863.

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Several historic Confederate battle flags from the Civil War remain on display at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh.

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