I had asked in a previous blog about the removal of the Confederate Battle flag from the Capitol Dome. My friend and White House Association member Sue read this and has sent me information from the Montgomery Independent (May 31, 2007), regarding the removal of the Confederate flag. Note: this information is just from part one of a three part report.
Background: George Wallace had been the one who first flew the Battle flag above the State Capitol, and it was flown from 1963 through the early 1990’s. (Until 1963 only the state flag had been flown above the Capitol.)
It remained there until Governor Jim Folsom, Jr., made the decision to not put it back up (it had been removed because of a restoration project at the Capitol). It is important to note that there was no significant hue and cry when the flag was removed.
Folsom’s decision was made much easier because civic leaders had concluded that the Battle flag was a detriment to the state’s economic development efforts! They were entirely right in this conclusion.
The article specifically mentions some titans, Mayor Folmar, Governor Folsom, Richard Amberg, Jr., Wayne Greenhaw and especially General Will Hill Tankersley. These were the men who decided to “lead the charge to change the status quo image of our city and state”. Thank you, gentlemen!!!
The four Confederate flags are now where they should be, around the beautiful Confederate Monument on the north side of the Capitol grounds.