A Confederate flag has flown for years outside the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History in Virginia, but local civil rights leaders want the flag moved indoors.
However, that request has infuriated Confederate heritage organizations who want the flag to proudly fly outside, noted the Times Dispatch.
The city of Danville owns the building that houses the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History, but 20 years ago the city voted to allow the Heritage Preservation Association to build the Confederate flag monument outside.
“[U]nder Virginia law, the city does not have the legal authority to remove the Confederate flag flying on the grounds of the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History,” Danville City Manager Joe King told GodanRiver.com in October.
The Danville-Pittsylvania County chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference held a press conference outside the museum on Monday to express their disgust with the Confederate flag, which some residents support (video below).
"What community in the United States of America can continue to fly a symbol of hate like that?" Rev. Avon Keen, President of the Danville-Pittsylvania County chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, told WSET.
"If the Jewish community saw a Nazi flag flying out here it would come today. Put one out here and see what happens. The African-American community has patiently stood by this flag flying here, and now it's time for it to come down," added Rev. Keen. "Hate groups used this flag as they hung people."
"Then you need to go back to Africa!" responded Ed Clark of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
"It's the right thing to do, to keep it up. It's a piece of history. A lot of things offend me and I don't sit there and say you need to stop that and take it down and be done with it," added Clark.