- Associated Press - Friday, March 3, 2017

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - An Annapolis church has put an end to an annual ceremony that honored a dead Confederate sailor buried at the sanctuary’s cemetery.

The Capital (https://bit.ly/2mAXWlT) reports that the Waddell Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 1608 had for years held a memorial service in honor of Capt. James I. Waddell at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church.

Waddell was a Confederate naval officer who commanded the commerce raider CSS Shenandoah. He died in 1886.

Rev. Amy Richter says she had been unaware of the event, which was tied to Confederate Flag Day, during her seven years as the church’s rector. She says she quickly acted to remove it from church grounds.

Richter says the church doesn’t condone any connection with racism.

Group member Paul Huhn says he was “disappointed” in the church’s decision.


Information from: The Capital, https://www.capitalgazette.com/

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