Thursday, April 24, 2008

Attorneys for the Southern Legal Resource Center will fill suit Friday in Catoosa County (GA) Superior Court to compel the City of Ringgold to restore the Confederate Battle Flag it removed from a memorial display in 2005.

The SLRC represents the Georgia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and its local camp # 1859 in Ringgold.

The suit alleges that the City of Ringgold, which removed the flag from its pole shortly after the memorial display was completed, violated applicable Georgia state law protecting monuments and memorials.

The City removed the Battle Flag, one of four flags displayed in a commemorative area at the Historic Ringgold Depot, after some residents and members of the NAACP complained about its presence shortly after the monument was completed and threatened political and economic action if it were not taken down. The city replaced the Battle Flag with the relatively obscure “Hardee Pattern” unit flag, on gronds that the Hardee pattern was historically correct as it would have been carried by Confederates at the Battle of Ringgold Gap in 1863. The SLRC contends that this assertion is inaccurate based on documentary evidence and also irrelevant, since the Battle Flag has been established as the appropriate Confederate banner to be flown at memorial sites. Moreover, the SLRC says, the City had no authorization under law to take such action.

SLRC officials and SCV members will hold a media conference on the steps of Catoosa County Couirthouse Friday morning, April 25, at 10:00 a.m., after the filing.

The Southern Legal Resource Center
90 Church Street
P.O. Box 1235
Black Mountain, NC 28711
Phone: (828) 669-5189
Fax: (828) 669-5191


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