Wal-Mart – Chiefland, Florida

On Monday afternoon, February 25, 2008, I would position myself outside Wal–Mart in Chiefland, Florida; an act of continuance of the vigil that had began in Jesup, Georgia over the refusal of their organization not to fill a requested order for a Confederate Battle Flag cake. Two men with Wal-Mart identification tags would approach me where I stood in the public easement outside a gate to their entrance. I would be told that I was to leave their property because they did not allow solicitation on the premises. I would inform them that I was not on their property, but on the public easement. I was told that they owned the property all the way up to the edge of the highway. Having spent many days in the highway business, I knew that this was an outright lie, and there was also a water drain where I stood. I called Kirk D. Lyons of the Southern Legal Resource Center, and informed him that I just might have to call upon him in this matter; he gave me his assurance that he would be standing by. The two men left, and I continued the vigil. Moments later, one of the officers of SCV Camp 2086 who had accompanied me, returned with the assistant manager (Justin) of the store. He said that he did not believe that it was a company policy to refuse the request for such a cake. However, he informed the Commander and I that he would check the policy.

Tuesday evening, February 26, 2008, as a continuation of the planned Black History program sponsored by Camp 2086 of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, to a packed house, before I could began to deliver my speech: I would be surprised by the adjutant and his wife with a Confederate Flag birthday cake from the Wal-mart of Chiefland, Florida, where just the day before I had began a vigil in protest of their content discrimination against the Southern Cross. The adjutant would inform all present that the management would say that they regularly fill orders of the one that had been requested by Dixie OutFitters to their Jesup location. After arriving back in Odum, Georgia, Mr. Barber (CEO of Dixie OutFitters would show me an article just printed in the local newspaper where Wal-Mart apologized for the actions of their employee’s mishandling of the original request. One victory for Dixie, and a beautiful cake.

HK Edgerton