Confederate Flag Won't Be Displayed Outside the Museum of Confederacy
Reporter: Rachel Schaerr | Videographer: Brian Whitesell
Appomattox, VA - A new battle is brewing around the Museum of The Confederacy in Appomattox. Southern Heritage groups are calling on people to boycott the museum because the Confederate Flag will not fly outside.
All of this is surrounding 15 flag poles outside of the building, called the Reunification Promenade.
It will display state flags in order of their secession leading up to the U.S. flag.
Virginia Flaggers says they've offered to pay to add the Confederate Flag to the display, but the museum isn't interested.
When David Smith see's the Confederate Flag, he thinks of his great-great-grandfather who went to war for it at just 17 years old. He says the flag represents a lot.
"Pride. Honor. Respect." Smith said.
As a member of The Sons of Confederate Veterans, he'd like to see the symbol of his heritage flying outside the museum that pays tribute to it. But as it stands, 14 state flags and the U.S. flag will be the only ones flying outside the Museum of the Confederacy in Appomattox.
Last month, Virginia Flaggers, a Richmond-based organization realized one very important flag -the confederate - was missing.
"It's pretty hard to support a museum that seems to us to be more worried about political correctness than honoring the veterans," said Susan Hathaway, a spokesperson for the group in a phone interview.
But President of The Museum of The Confederacy Waite Rawls says they're most concerned about historical correctness than political correctness. He says the Confederacy never reunified with the government, the individuals states did. And that's what this particular display is for.
But the flag's heritage is still very much being preserved.
"We're gonna have the biggest, most comprehensive exhibit ever done in history on the confederate flag," Rawls said.
Smith just wants to honor the flag his relatives died for.
"This museum is there to honor all those who fought in the civil war, both the north and south and men on both sides deserve to be honored," he said.