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Southern Heritage <br>News and Views: The Virginia Flaggers

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Virginia Flaggers



The institution formerly known as the Museum of the Confederacy posted photos on its FaceBook page last week of the White House of the Confederacy shrouded in black crepe, with the following explanation...

"One hundred and fifty years ago, Union officials wrapped black fabric around the White House of the Confederacy's front columns after the death of President Lincoln.
Today, Museum curators recreated that mourning decoration. Please come by and see it before it comes down at the end of the month." 

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-SVP6Sr19qLg/VTcQLtL9WRI/AAAAAAAAGAw/gkHdW6pV4mg/s1600/2015+04+17+White+House+Mourns+Lincolns+Death+2.JPG
Photos from the American Civil War Museum's Facebook Page

The post can be found here...https://www.facebook.com/AmericanCivilWarMuseum/posts/367665516769412

Although certainly not surprised, we are disgusted by this disgraceful display. 

It was a slap in the face to Richmond residents when the occupying army did this in 1865... and it is a slap in the face to the ladies who created the museum, the memory of the soldiers they worked so hard to honor, and all who have Confederate ancestors for the museum to even consider fashioning such an insulting display in 2015. 
Meanwhile, the backlash continues.

We received the following letter last week, and were granted permission to share it. 

April 13, 2015

Dear Mr. Rawls,

I am in receipt of your March 27, 2015 missive requesting that I renew my lapsed membership at the American Civil War Museum, (formerly the Museum of the Confederacy).

I cannot in good conscience continue to support an entity which should fly a Confederate National Flag from all its locations.  I cannot in good conscience support an entity which capriciously changed its name, thereby walking away from its heritage under the sad specter of political correctness.  You should thank your lucky stars that the Southrons who originally donated their war-related, cherished family artifacts, are no longer alive to witness the mockery you have made of their ancestors noble legacy.  Given your new found perspectives concerning the war, you should at the very least, have the decency to resign from the SCV.

My family and I will continue to support the Confederate Memorial Hall Museum in New Orleans, and the Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History in Danville, Virginia.  Lastly, given your particular aversion to flying Confederate flags, I have decided to make a $100.00 donation in your name, (cost of sustaining a membership at your museum), to Susan Hathaway's Virginia Flaggers.

Sincerely,
Lou F.
General I. R. Trimble Camp #1836 (member)
Sons of Confederate Veterans

Thank you, Sir!  We appreciate your sharing this excellent letter with us and are grateful for your generous support.  We pledge to be good stewards and use your gift faithfully in our continuing efforts to RETURN the flags and RESTORE the honor!
Sincerely,
Grayson Jennings
Va Flaggers

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