Confederate Flag Under Fire in Another Town

Aug 6, 2015

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DANVILLE, Va. (AP) - Danville is set to take up a proposal that would banish Confederate flags from city-owned flagpoles.

The City Council is scheduled to consider the ordinance Thursday night. It would allow only the U.S., Virginia, city of Danville and the POW/MIA flag to be flown on city-maintained flagpoles.

The city that briefly was the capital of the Confederacy is the latest to wrestle with the public display of the flag, which some view as a symbol of racial hatred. Others argue it honors their Southern heritage.

The Danville debate has focused on a Confederate flag that flies on the grounds of a mansion where Confederate President Jefferson Davis stayed after the fall of Richmond in April 1865.

The proposed Danville ordinance is similar to one adopted by Lexington in 2011.