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Where You Can Find Confederate Flag Flying in Georgia

By    |   Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 01:03 PM

In Georgia, the Confederate flag will no longer grace new license plates, although it will be seen on some that have already been issued, and it will continue to be seen at Civil War historical sites.

The flag, along with other Civil War banners and emblems, also will continue to fly over some state monuments, including Stone Mountain, which the law considers an official Civil War landmark, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported.

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The Stone Mountain Memorial Association, which runs the landmark, will also continue to sell Confederate memorabilia, the AJC said.

"Stone Mountain is preserved by state law as a Confederate memorial. The law that changed the flag to our current state flag also expressly prohibited changes at Stone Mountain Park," said Bill Stephens, who leads the association, said, according to the paper. "Some on both sides of these issues have said that these Confederate symbols belong in a museum. Here in Georgia, Stone Mountain Park serves that purpose."

Such support of the flag angered some in Georgia, including State Rep. LaDawn Jones, a Democrat from Atlanta. She said those state residents who are intolerant of hate should boycott Stone Mountain until the flags get removed.

"We can never change the fact that Stone Mountain was where the KKK was reformed in 1915 and grew from dormancy to millions of members," she told the AJC. "However, we can stop giving credence to this type of hate by removing the flags that fly at the bottom."

The state's governor, Nathan Deal, said the state would stop using specialty license plates for the Sons of Confederate Veterans, which include images of the Confederate flag, CNN said.

The backlash in Georgia, another key Civil War state, and across the country came as South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley called for Confederate flags to be taken down from statehouse grounds after nine black churchgoers were gunned down at their Charleston Bible-study by a 21-year-old who held racist beliefs.

Many, though, don't associate racist beliefs with the flag, and at least one business owner in Macon, Georgia, tried to make the point that it's just a flag and the uproar is media propaganda, WGXA TV reported.

Anthony Harris, owner of 7 on Second, flew the Confederate flag for a week and then replaced it with a Nazi swastika, the station said.

"I just want people to realize that it’s a flag. Don’t get so much in an uproar about it; it’s good to have a conversation about it; it’s good to address it, but there’s no need to want to kill someone over it," Harris told WGXA.

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