Confederate Flag Protest in Lexington

LEXINGTON (WSLS) - Organizers from the Sons of the Confederate Veterans held a rally in Lexington.

This comes after the administration at Washington and Lee University recently decided to remove Confederate battle flags from Lee Chapel.

250 People from Maryland to Georgia participated in the rally.

They say he purpose of the rally is to get the administration at Washington and Lee University to reverse their decision and to educate those who may have some misconceptions about the Confederate flag.

Historian David Chaltas spoke about Lee's Christian background.

Chaltas says he wanted to clear any misconception about General Lee and that he taught African Americans to read the bible.

"At the very end he felt his mission was to make as much contribution to Christian education,"  Chaltas said.

A supporter from Maryland, David Barber wants people to understand the confederate flag is a symbol of southern pride not discrimination.

"I don't feel the flags were racist by no means it's its a christian flag an American flag," Barber said.

The Sons of the Confederate Veterans held the rally because Washington and Lee University decided to remove the battle flags from Lee Chapel.

They say the purpose of the event is give people a chance to express their feelings.

"There was no public dialogue about this we tried to get the university to get public forum on the matter prior to making any decision and we didn't anticipate a decision before September," Brandon Dorsey, Command of Stonewall Brigade Camp Sons of Confederate Veterans said. 

 

 

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