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Saturday, February 23, 2008

The Southern Legal Resource Center eU P D A T E


RINGGOLD, GA – The Southern Legal Resource Center announced today it is preparing to proceed with legal action to compel the City of Ringgold to replace a Confederate Battle Flag it removed from the Ringgold Depot monument area in 2005.

SLRC officials said it appears the action will be necessary because the city has so far failed to respond to the SLRC’s demand in a February 12 letter that the flag be replaced within 10 days. “Technically they would have until tomorrow to respond, but at this point I don’t expect any last-minute compliance,” SLRC Executive Director Roger McCredie said.

The SLRC wrote a first letter to city council on January 15, on behalf of its clients, the Georgia Division of the Sons of Confederate veterans and the SCV’s local camp in Ringgold. That letter pointed out that the Battle Flag was the appropriate Confederate flag to be flown at the Depot and offered three pages of detailed facts to support that conclusion. (The council had substituted a so-called Hardee Pattern unit flag for the Battle Flag following objections to the Battle Flag’s presence by representatives of the NAACP.) When the Jan. 15 letter went unanswered, the SLRC sent the second letter which contained the 10-day ultimatum.

“There’s always the chance they may decide to be reasonable in the next 24 hours, but we’re not counting on it,” McCredie said.


This just in: the Jesup, Georgia Wal-Mart refused to make a birthday cake decorated as a Confederate Battle Flag on grounds that to do so would be offensive to the store’s employees.

Dixie Outfitters employee Julie Fulton ordered the cake for a surprise birthday party that was planned for another Dixie Outfitters worker and also for black Southern heritage activist H. K. Edgerton. Dixie Outfitters is located in nearby Odum, GA.

“I placed the order and they took it,” Ms. Fulton said, “but I forgot to tell them what names to put on it, so I called back. That’s when they said their bakery manager had said they couldn’t do a battle flag cake.

Ms. Fulton said she spoke with the store manager, a former high school classmate. “He said his hands were tied; he knows what the Battle Flag stands for but he has to answer to corporate.”

Edgerton issued a statement saying he intends “to stand in the door of Wal-Mart with the Christian Cross of St. Andrew.”

If you have a stake in Southern heritage and culture, and are looking for a meaningful way to honor and protect them, please give generously to the Southern Legal Resource Center. With your help we can continue our aggressive efforts to secure the rights of all Southerners to express pride in their regional identity without fear of ridicule or reprisal, as should be the case for all Americans.

The Southern Legal Resource Center is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, and contributions to it are fully tax deductible. Credit card and PayPal donations may be made at our website by clicking on “How You Can Help.” Checks payable to the Southern Legal Resource Center should be mailed to P.O. Box 1235, Black Mountain, NC 28711. “Thumbs Up for Dixie” stickers are available for SLRC and local heritage fundraising projects. Contact the SLRC for details at (828) 669-5189 or


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