- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - A Confederate flag has been taken down from outside the Norfolk Naval Shipyard.

The Virginian-Pilot (https://bit.ly/1DpVqfV ) reports that the flag, which has a different design than the Confederate battle flag, had flown over the shipyard in Portsmouth since 1967, alongside an American flag, a British flag and the flag of Virginia.

The controversial banner features the original flag design of the Confederacy, with seven stars representing the original states that seceded.

On Friday, following questions from the newspaper, a Naval spokeswoman said that Capt. Scott Brown ordered that all four flags be removed and placed in a museum.

Spokeswoman Terri Davis says the four flags had marked the shipyard’s 248-year history, but times change.

On Sunday, a photo on the shipyard’s Facebook page showed that all four flagpoles now feature American flags.


Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, https://pilotonline.com

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