Confederate flag stolen from public park in Georgia

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) – A Confederate flag has been stolen from a public park in a Georgia city.

Kennesaw police Officer Scott Luther confirmed to the Marietta Daily Journal that someone stole the flag sometime late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning from Commemorative Park. Located in downtown Kennesaw, the park features monuments and plaques honoring victims from several conflicts and a Sept. 11, 2001, memorial.

Kennesaw resident Reid Jones started a petition on Monday calling for the removal of the flag. The petition had more than 3,000 signatures as of Thursday morning.

Kennesaw city attorney Randall Bentley says state law prohibits the city from removing the flag.

Councilman Jimmy Dickens became Kennesaw’s first black council member in 2015. He says he’d like the flag to be put in a museum.

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Here is the petition:

The Confederate flag, in present-day America, is commonly used as a symbol racism, slavery, white supremacy, and sectionalism of the southern region of the United States, as recently seen in Charlottesville, VA. It is often equated and used in companionship with the Swastika flag of Nazi Germany.
The removal of the Confederate flag from the public flag pole in downtown Kennesaw would serve as a message to all that our community strives for equality and unity, rather than disparity and division.
The Confederate flag in Downtown Kennesaw is commemorated to William Fuller, a Confederate train conductor whose reclaiming of the General during the Civil War lead to the deaths of 8 Union raiders who attempted to acquire the train for the Union and destroy railways used to support the Confederacy. This man is not someone worth idolization or commemoration.
The flag’s inscription reads:
“To the Memory of William A. Fuller (1836-1905) Captain Independent State Troops of Georgia, C.S.A. As conductor on the state-owned Western & Atlantic R.R. he led the pursuing party that, after a 90 mile chase in which three locomotives were used recaptured the locomotive General which had been seized at Big Shanty, April 12th, 1862 by a group of federal raiders led by James J. Andrews intent upon the destruction of the railroad bridges between this point and Chattanooga.”

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