Mississippi Flag Banned in Leflore County

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi flag flew for a few hours outside the Leflore County Courthouse, three days after supervisors voted to prohibit the banner on county property.

Chancery Clerk Sam Abraham tells The Greenwood Commonwealth that he doesn’t know who raised the flag Thursday on a pole by a Confederate monument outside the courthouse. It flew for about two and a half hours.

Supervisors had voted 4-1 Monday to remove the flag.

Since a June 17 massacre of nine black worshippers at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, several Mississippi cities and counties have banned the display of the state flag because it includes the Confederate battle emblem.

Critics see the emblem as a divisive reminder of slavery and segregation, but supporters see it a reminder of history and heritage.

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