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“Whether it’s David Beasley, Jim Hodges, Jim Folsom or Roy Barnes, how many more will we have to defeat until they learn to leave our heritage alone?” he asks the crowd.

Though the Confederate symbol has been removed from the state flag, the Capitol itself still is crowded with reminders of Georgia’s past. Among them are a large portrait of Robert Toombs, a Georgia secessionist leader who served as a Confederate general, and a marble bust of Alexander Stephens, the Georgian who was vice president of the Confederacy.

“The blood of heroes flows through our veins,” Jack Bridwell, commander of Georgia’s SCV division, tells the crowd. “We shall prevail.”

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