- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 3, 2014

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A Charleston County councilman wants The Citadel to remove a Confederate flag from a campus chapel.

Councilman Henry Darby said he will ask county council to withhold nearly $1 million in funding to the school unless it removed the flag, The Post and Courier of Charleston (https://bit.ly/1ub5GVS) reported.

Darby said the Confederate flag in the Summerall Chapel makes it appear that the school is trying to preserve the Confederacy.

The Citadel says the flag is a “Confederate Naval Jack” that hangs in the rear of the chapel as a memorial. The school says the Cadet Yacht Club presented the flag to Citadel President Charles P. Summerall in 1939.

Summerall accepted the flag as a “tribute to the courage and valor shown by American manhood in fighting for a cause,” the school said in a statement.

The school is scheduled to get $950,000 in accommodations tax revenue to help pay for renovations to Johnson Hagood Stadium.

The Citadel said the flag is one of 57 hanging along the interior walls of Summerall Chapel.

The Citadel says the flag is covered by the state’s Heritage Act, approved by South Carolina lawmakers in 2000 to protect established monuments and memorials on public property that represent American wars or events of Native American and African-American significance. The legislation was part of a compromise to remove the Confederate flag from the top of the Statehouse and relocate it at a monument on the Statehouse grounds.

A Citadel representative plans to attend the council meeting.


Information from: The Post and Courier, https://www.postandcourier.com

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