- Associated Press - Friday, August 14, 2015

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi flag flew for a few hours outside the Leflore County Courthouse, three days after supervisors voted to prohibit the banner on county property.

Chancery Clerk Sam Abraham tells The Greenwood Commonwealth (http://bit.ly/1TCAkHZ ) that he doesn’t know who raised the flag Thursday on a pole by a Confederate monument outside the courthouse. It flew for about two and a half hours.

Supervisors had voted 4-1 Monday to remove the flag.

Since a June 17 massacre of nine black worshippers at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, several Mississippi cities and counties have banned the display of the state flag because it includes the Confederate battle emblem.

Critics see the emblem as a divisive reminder of slavery and segregation, but supporters see it a reminder of history and heritage.

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Information from: The Greenwood Commonwealth, http://www.gwcommonwealth.com

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