A confederate flag hanging in the old North Carolina State Capitol is being removed after complaints from civil rights leaders.
It was intended to hang in the capitol until April 2015, to mark the 150th anniversary of federal troops arriving in Raleigh, NC.
The decision was announced on Friday, shortly after the appearance of an AP story on the display. The flag will be relocated along with other historic items, possibly to the Museum of History across the street.
North Carolina NAACP president Rev. William Barber expressed shock when an AP reporter showed him a photo of the flag. He said the flag evoked "the history of racism. The history of lynchings. The history of death. The history of slavery. If you say that shouldn't be offensive, then either you don't know the history, or you are denying the history."
State Historic Sites Director Keith Hardison defended the flag's placement and rejected what he called "censoring history." He has long advocated displaying the flag as a symbol of heritage.
A spokeswoman said the flag was removed because the governor planned "to use the old House chamber as working space," implicitly denying that the flag was taken down because of an outcry.
Via the Christian Science Monitor.