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Georgia Man Told To Remove Confederate Display (Video)

The housing authority in Lafayette, Georgia, has told Kevin Smith to remove a Civil War display from his front yard (video below).

"It's history and it's heritage, it's not hate," Smith recently told WRCB.

Smith's 3-year-old display includes Confederate and American flags and life-size mannequins as Confederate and Union soldiers that are supposed to be re-enacting battles.

According to Smith, each mannequin and flag represents a specific battle, and are his way of educating the public.

"A presentation because I've tried to put the displays around town so our tourists can see the history and draw tourism down here," Smith told the news station.

"There were complaints about the mannequins and the Confederate flag, and they would have to go," Smith said of the notice from the housing authority.

Smith said his display isn't blocking mowers or trimmers.

The housing authority refused to comment to WRCB on the advice of their attorneys, but a spokesperson did say the authority is trying to work things out with Smith.

Smith said that the Civil War played an important role in Walker County and U.S. history.

"I am standing my ground," Smith said. "That this is a part of our heritage. And I'm trying educate so we don't fight another war."

Smith does not intend to remove his display.

Sources: WRCB, Civil War Trust via / Photo credit: WRCB via YouTube

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