- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

VILLA RICA, Ga. (AP) - A proposal to turn a historic tavern into a museum for a Georgia city may hinge on preserving a pole holding Georgia’s former flag, which includes an image of the Confederate battle flag.

Villa Rica Downtown Development Authority member Bill Taylor tells The Times-Georgian (https://bit.ly/1ZdJ2ey ) that the owners of Wick’s Tavern want the flag to remain if they lease the property to the city.

Other members say the flag could remain in a display of state flags but don’t want it to become a Confederate memorial.

Any version of the battle flag became controversial following the killings of nine black people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina last June. A white man, Dylann Roof, charged with the crime embraced white supremacy and the battle flag in online materials.

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