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Confederate flag at Citadel may stay, opinion says

June 10, 2014

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (AP) — The South Carolina attorney general’s office says a Confederate flag hanging in a chapel at The Citadel military school is protected by state law.

A local councilman had wanted to withhold nearly $1 million in funding from the well-known academy unless the flag was removed. The flag represents the losing Southern side in the Civil war in the 1860s. Some in the U.S. associate it with racism.

But an opinion issued Tuesday by state Solicitor General Robert Cook says the flag is protected by the state’s Heritage Act. It covers monuments and memorials on public property that are dedicated to wars in which the state fought or to African-American or Native American history.

Cook’s opinion says no one can force the flag’s removal or relocation.

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