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Southern Heritage <br>News and Views: October 2006

Monday, October 30, 2006

The Southern Legal Resource Center

News Release

For Immediate Release: Friday, October 27, 2006

SLRC to investigate Texas school’s actions following removal of Confederate artifacts

ALVIN, TX – The Southern Legal Resource Center has been asked to investigate Harby Junior High School’s removal of Confederate-related memorabilia from a long-standing school display, as well as the school administration’s treatment of students and parents who have been petitioning to have the items returned to public view.

At least two students have been disciplined by school officials for displaying Confederate symbols in the meantime, and the mother of one student has been threatened with arrest if she attempts to set foot on school property.

The school is named for Grace Harby, a longtime and highly regarded local elementary school teacher who was also active in the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Prior to her death she donated several personal items to the school, including pictures and her UDC pin and membership certificate. The UDC items displayed that organization’s seal, which includes a small representation of the “Stars and Bars” – the Confederate First National flag, a design completely different from the better known Battle Flag. In August, after administrators reportedly saw a parent photographing the exhibit, the Confederate items were removed, prompting a grassroots effort to have them restored.

Then, in September, one student was ordered to remove a belt buckle which showed crossed U.S. and Confederate flags, while another student had a Confederate flag sticker removed from his notebook. When one student’s mother, Tracee Alexander, attempted to set a meeting with school officials, she received a letter from Eugene A. Lewis, Jr., who signed himself “Chief of Police” of the “Alvin I.S.D. Police Department” forbidding her to contact the school further.

Lewis’ letter reads, in part:

“I regret to inform you that your presence on the campus of Harby Junior High School has become a disruption to the normal and orderly routine of the school … you may no longer come onto the [school] campus for any purpose other than to drop-off or pick-up your son …Failure to comply with this request could result in your arrest or subject you to prosecution …”

Ms. Alexander says she has caused no disruption and has only come onto the school campus at the invitation of school officials.

“This is nothing but rank intimidation,” said SLRC attorney Kirk Lyons. “It appears the school did something unwarranted and unpopular and is now trying to stifle dissent by using intimidation and threats.”

Officials have inidicated that although there has been no trouble among students relating to Confederate symbols, the school now considers them “inappropriate and potentially disruptive.”

The Southern Legal Resource Center, a civil rights legal organization specializing in Southern cultural matters, successfully sued a Kentucky school board in 2001 over its ban of Confederate symbols. In that case, Castorina vs. Madison County Schools, the Court held that mere anticipation of disruption was not sufficient to deny students’ First Amendment rights in displaying the Confederate flag. The Castorina case served as the precedent for a second SLRC victory in 2005, when another school board settled out-of-court after a student sued because she was banned from her senior prom for wearing a Confederate-themed evening dress.

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Roger McCredie
Executive Director
(828) 669-5189

Yankee Atrocities During the War

Southern Civil War Society
Story HERE

Friday, October 27, 2006


Contact: Patrick Hotard

Date: 26 October 2006

Round Tables Respond to Beauvoir Donation Challenge

Biloxi, MS --- Beauvoir, The Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library is pleased to announce that two (2) Civil War Round Tables have responded to the August 4, 2006 donor challenge issued by the Civil War Round Table of Wilmington, Delaware. Both the Civil War Round Table of Milwaukee and the Robert E. Lee Civil War Round Table of Central New Jersey have made recent donations to the restoration efforts at Jefferson Davis’ last home.

The Milwaukee Round Table contributed $250.00 and the Lee Round Table of Central New Jersey contributed $550.00. “They have shown great concern for historic preservation and set a fine example for other Round Tables and historic organizations. These donations demonstrate the commitment of people from all parts of the United States to our restoration efforts.” stated Patrick Hotard, Beauvoir’s Executive Director.

John D. Beatty of the Milwaukee Round Table issued the following statement: “We challenge all the Round Tables in the world (there are Round Tables as far afield as Britain and Russia) to contribute a least something to the Beauvoir rebuilding project.”

Lee Round Table President Jay Jorgensen also expressed hope that additional Round Tables would step forward and meet the original August challenge.

The board and staff appreciate all donations made towards the rebuilding efforts at Beauvoir. Donations may be mailed to Beauvoir, 2244 Beach Blvd., Biloxi, MS 39531. Questions regarding donations may be addressed to the business manager at or by calling the office at 228-388-4400.

Beauvoir, The Jefferson Davis Home & Presidential Library, is a national historic landmark property owned by the Mississippi Division, United Sons of Confederate Veterans. It is located on U. S. Highway 90 in Biloxi, Mississippi. Currently the site is closed to the general public due to restoration projects and general safety concerns. For more information, please contact the Beauvoir staff at 228-388-4400.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Defining the Confederate flag

Birmingham News, AL
Story HERE

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Teen Wants To Show His 'Rebel Pride' At School

Kansas City, MO
Story HERE

Monday, October 16, 2006

Lee, et al. would have kept the slave block in business

The Free Lance-Star, VA
Submit a letter to the editor
Story HERE

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Lincoln Unmasked

He was a worse tyrant than you thought, says Thomas DiLorenzo.
Story HERE

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Robert E. Lee dead

October 12, 1870
Mourning reported all over the South. It was a time far different from today.
New York Times
Story HERE

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Franklin battle memorial will include Confederate flag

The Tennessean, TN
Story HERE

Contact Notice

Contact Notice
Red flag
By Dan Wetzel

NASCAR's popularity has slowed...Wonder why?
Story HERE

T-shirts stir tensions

It was the black students that caused the disruption and threatened to beat the girl’s [rear]."
Story HERE

Monday, October 09, 2006


Confederate Silent Sam Under Attack!
Story HERE

Dixie Divas

Buttermilk Blues
Story HERE

Sunday, October 08, 2006


Response to flag flap floods City Hall
Aldermen critical of mayor's statements
"By week's end, city staff reported more than 150 phone calls and more than 200 e-mails."
Story HERE

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Flag debate to fly again?, GA
Story HERE

Friday, October 06, 2006

Conflicts over Confederate symbols complex and persistent

By Tony Gabriele
Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)
Story HERE

ALERT So you want to be a loser?

Story HERE

Tuesday, October 03, 2006


Lawrence F. Hill
Professor of History in The Ohio State University





Mayor: No Confederate flags allowed at Battle of Franklin commemoration
Ashland City Times, TN
Story HERE

Contact these folk fast, they are removing their E-mail! Give them a nice phone call.

Contact info:

If any re-enactor really believes in what their doing, they will boycott this event! PoP

Monday, October 02, 2006

‘The Battle Hymn of the Republic’

What It Really Means
By Michael Dan Jones
Story HERE

Ethnic Cleansing, American-Style

by James Bovard
October 1999
Story HERE


Alvin junior high becomes Confederate flag battleground
Taking stand for history
Houston Chronicle
Story HERE

Flag fight brewing in Alvin, TX
Story HERE
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