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Where You Can Find Confederate Flag Flying in Oklahoma

By    |   Friday, 07 Aug 2015 01:45 AM

President Barack Obama found the Confederate flag flying in Oklahoma during a July visit to the Sooner State.

Andrew Duncomb, an African-American man dubbing himself the "black rebel," organized about 10 people who waved Confederate battle flags as Obama arrived at his hotel in downtown Oklahoma City as part of a campaign focusing on criminal justice issues, according to Politico. Duncomb and his confederates stood amid a more sizable group of demonstrators, who were largely there in support of the president.

Sequoya Turner, who was wearing a T-shirt bearing Omaha’s picture said she wasn't happy about the presence of the Stars and Bars, Politico reported. Turner said the appearance of Confederate flags had been an uncommon occurrence — “maybe once every blue moon” — to her as she’d grown up all over the Sooner State and lived in its capital for seven years.

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Duncomb also was among people waving the Confederate flag four days later as Obama visited Durant, Oklahoma, according to KFOR NewsChannel 4. The station quoted Duncomb as saying the Confederate flag was about "heritage, not hate," adding that he didn't believe it was a symbol of racism.

Efforts to end public displays of the Stars and Bars, considered by many to be a symbol of racial intolerance, have intensified nationwide since a white supremacist murdered nine people at a Bible study in South Carolina on June 17.

The Confederate flag flew for 22 years as part of a display on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds, according to the Oklahoma City Oklahoman. That publication said Oklahoma — which became a state in 1907 — unveiled a display in 1966 featuring 14 flags that had flown since 1541 over what would eventually become the Sooner State. Those included the flag of the Confederacy.

Workers removed the flags in 1988 during a renovation of the Capitol grounds, the Oklahoman said. When workers raised the 14 poles the following year, then-Oklahoma Gov. Henry Bellmon called for only 13 of the flags to be displayed, with the pole that formerly held the Confederate flag standing empty, reported the Enid News. Then-Gov. Frank Keating decided in 2002 to replace all the remaining flags and fly only the Oklahoma state flag on all 14 poles, the Oklahoman said.

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