Visitors to Gettysburg National Military Park will no longer be able to purchase numerous pieces of Confederate flag merchandise from its bookstore.
National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said Thursday that “stand-alone depictions of Confederate flags have no place in park stores,” a local affiliate reported.
The decision to pull the merchandise comes in the wake of a the shooting death of nine black members of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina. Dylann Storm, 21, was arrested June 18 in connection with the killings, which took place the previous night.
The bookstore said items that feature both the U.S. and Confederate flags together will still be sold. Eleven items in total will no longer be available, the station reported.
Almost 620,000 troops died over the course of four years during the Civil War. Roughly 50,000 combatants from both sides died during the course of three days at Gettysburg.
There were more combined American losses during the Civil War than “the Revolution, the War of 1812, the Mexican War, the Spanish-American War, Korea, and the twentieth century’s two world wars combined,” said Historian Larry Schweikart in his book “A Patriot’s History of the United States.”