Flag Display Stirs Emotion

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The Highway 15 bypass in Philadelphia is lined with flags hanging from the light poles, just hung this week.

But some don't like what they see; in particular, the Mississippi state flags that take up what is now half the display with the familiar Confederate battle flag in the corner.

Leroy Clemons of the Neshoba County NAACP said putting the flag display up the same week the Edgar Ray Killen trial ended was insensitive, considering the emotions caused by the Confederate symbol.

Clemons says the NAACP will ask the city to take the flag display down, at least temporarily. They say now is not the time for such a controversy, but city officials say they don't understand why there is controversy.

Mayor Rayburn Waddell said the display was approved unanimously by the multi-racial city council and will also include the flag of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians when it is complete.

The flags were donated anonymously to the city, and the person who did so is probably very happy about that right now.


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