Former Confederate Capital Voting to Ban Confederate Flag

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Danville, Virginia, was the capital of the Confederacy for eight days in April 1865, a fact Danville residents may put behind them on August 6 when the City Council convenes to consider banning Confederate flags from all of its city-owned flagpoles.

According to the AP, the proposed ban would limit allowable flags to the Virginia, POW/MIA, and Danville city flags. And it would deal a blow to the Confederate flag that flies at the Sutherlin–the residence from which the Confederate government operated from April 3-10, 1865.

The Civil War Trust explains:

Danville’s quartermaster, Major William T. Sutherlin, offered his home to Davis and the Confederate government. Davis occupied an upstairs bedroom, and the Confederate cabinet met in the Sutherlin dining room. Davis delivered his final proclamation to the Confederate nation from the home on April 4.

But the city is now wrestling with “the public display” of the Confederate flag, “which some view as a symbol of racial hatred.”

Danville’s vote on whether to ban the flag is but the latest in a long line of bans that swept the country following Dylann Roof’s alleged June 17 shooting of black church-goers in Charleston, SC.

The flag has been banned in public places in cities as far west as Fresno, California, and as far south as Montgomery, Alabama–thanks to an order by Governor Robert Bentley. In early July, the Memphis City Council voted to dig up the remains of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, as well as sell the city’s statue of him, and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu pushed through a decision to remove Confederate statues from their city.

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