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.