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FILE - In this June, 29, 2020 file photo, George Floyd's uncle, Selwyn Jones, right, and his aunt, Angela Harrelson, center, address the media in Minneapolis. Local residents say a South Dakota police department has removed a decal from its squad cars that featured a Confederate battle flag next to an American flag. Dave Mogard, the police chief in Gettysburg, declined to confirm that the decal had been removed, saying Thursday, July 2, 2020, that the City Council would discuss the issue at a meeting next week. Several locals, including Selwyn Jones, an uncle of George Floyd, say the decal had been removed from the department's squad cars and station doors. (AP Photo/Jim Mone File)

Locals: South Dakota police removed Confederate flag emblem

Jul. 2, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

GETTYSBURG, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota police department has removed a decal from its squad cars that featured a Confederate battle flag next to an American flag, according to local residents. Dave Mogard, the police chief in Gettysburg, a small city named after the famous Civil War battle, declined to...

FILE - In this Monday, June 29, 2020, file photo, City of Tupelo Community Outreach Coordinator Marcus Gary takes down the Mississippi state flag that flew over the City Hall of Tupelo one last time Monday, June 29, 2020. Mississippi is retiring the last state flag in the U.S. that includes the Confederate battle emblem. (Thomas Wells/The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal via AP, File)

Confederate flag losing prominence 155 years after Civil War

Jun. 30, 2020 6:45 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Long a symbol of pride to some and hatred to others, the Confederate battle flag is losing its place of official prominence 155 years after rebellious Southern states lost a war to perpetuate slavery. Mississippi's Republican governor on Tuesday signed legislation to remove the...

The fight over removing Florida's oldest Civil War monument

Jun. 30, 2020 3:10 AM EDT

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — Three dozen descendants of fallen Confederate soldiers want a Florida city to hold off on removing a Confederate monument, worrying the historic relic might be damaged in the process, according to a lawsuit. St. Augustine city commissioners voted last week to remove the monument,...

City of Tupelo Community Outreach Coordinator Marcus Gary takes down the State Flag of Mississippi that flew over the City Hall of Tupelo one last time Monday, June 29, 2020.Mississippi is retiring the last state flag in the U.S. that includes the Confederate battle emblem. (Thomas Wells/Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Via AP)

Winds of change: Mississippi rebel-themed flag fading away

Jun. 29, 2020 9:01 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi flag is fading from public display in many places, even before the governor signs a bill that will retire the last state banner in the U.S. that includes the Confederate battle emblem. A broad coalition of legislators passed the landmark bill Sunday after a weekend of...

Long-controversial Robert E. Lee marker in Ohio vandalized

Jun. 29, 2020 10:19 AM EDT

FRANKLIN, Ohio (AP) — A vandal or vandals over the weekend spray-painted a marker honoring Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in the southwest Ohio city of Franklin. WHIO-TV reports they also wrote “no racist monuments” on the road in front of the marker, which was moved from alongside a public...

The Civil War Monument statue is strapped on the back of a flatbed tow truck after it was toppled from its pedestal in front of the State Capitol Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Denver. The monument, which portrays a Union Army soldier and was erected in 1909, was targeted during demonstrations over the death of George Floyd before the statue was pulled down overnight by four individuals. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

3 apprehended in attempted arson of Civil War monument base

Jun. 28, 2020 9:51 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Police in Denver have apprehended three suspects in connection with an attempt to set fire to the pedestal of a Civil War statue that was toppled last week, authorities announced Sunday. About 75 protesters had been demonstrating peacefully around the Capitol late Saturday night when a small...

Look away, Dixie: Mississippi to lose rebel emblem from flag

Jun. 28, 2020 9:23 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers voted Sunday to surrender the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag, more than a century after white supremacist legislators adopted the design a generation after the South lost the Civil War. Spectators cheered and applauded after the historic votes in...

Don Hartness of Ellisville, walks around the Capitol carrying the current Mississippi state flag and the American flag, Saturday, June 27, 2020, in Jackson, Miss. A supporter of the current flag, Hartness wanted to make his position known to lawmakers as he walked around the building for several hours. The current state flag has in the canton portion of the banner the design of the Civil War-era Confederate battle flag, that has been the center of a long-simmering debate about its removal or replacement. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi takes step toward dropping rebel image from flag

Jun. 27, 2020 8:23 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Spectators at the Mississippi Capitol broke into cheers and applause Saturday as lawmakers took a big step toward erasing the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag, a symbol that has come under intensifying criticism in recent weeks amid nationwide protests against racial...

Kennesaw Mountain marks Civil War battle's 156th anniversary

Jun. 27, 2020 10:05 AM EDT

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — The National Park Service is using the virtual world to help it mark the 156th anniversary of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain. Instead of in-person demonstrations at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, fans can see a variety of programming every hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m....

Black leader wants Lincoln statue at UW-Madison removed

Jun. 26, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The leader of a group for Black students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison wants a statue of President Abraham Lincoln in place for more than 100 years the heart of campus removed. Nalah McWhorter, president of the Wisconsin Black Student Union, told WISC-TV that marginalized...