ATLANTA (WAOK/AP)-Black leaders want Confederate flags removed from an Atlanta cemetery where they recently buried the late president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Protesters gathered outside of the Westview Cemetery Wednesday to call for removing the rebel flags from a monument to the 400 Confederate soldiers buried there. Mourners noticed the flags during the burial for Dr. Howard Creecy the late president of the SCLC on Saturday.

John H. Lewis, who is black, considers the flying of the Confederate flags an affront to the memory of Dr. Creecy.

Cemetery officials say they cannot remove the flags because they long ago sold the rights to the monument to the Sons of Confederate Veterans, whose members are related to Southerners who fought in the Civil War. The group says the flags will remain and aren’t a racial issue.

Comments (4)
  1. Sarah says:

    When these people from Dr Creecy’s family and SCLC were looking for a place to bury their loved one, did they not see this monument and investigate why it was located in a black cemetery with this confederated flag? It’s a little too late now to be protesting this monument when you should have had your A-game in place and not buy a plot in this cemetery…Every few years we go through this foolishness with these confederate memorials and flags…if this mess was squashed during re-construction, we would not have to keep fighting this civil war every damn year with these traitors celebrating their secession and almost collapse of a nation…

  2. The Black Falcon says:

    Are these the same Civil Rights leaders who gave Kidd Rock an NAACP Image Award? Yes, the same Kidd Rock who proudly displays his Confederate Flag where ever he goes.

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