Tennessee County gets permission to remove Confederate flag

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FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — Two years after voting to remove the Confederate flag from its seal, a county in Tennessee finally has the green light to do so.

The Williamson County Commission voted in 2020 to seek permission from the Tennessee Historical Commission to remove the upper left quadrant flag from its 1960s seal. The decision came after months of discussion and the appointment of a task force that unanimously recommended revocation.

The county had to go through the Historic Commission because the Tennessee Heritage Protection Act limits the removal or alteration of historic landmarks. The county changed tack on Friday, asking the Historical Commission to declare that the law does not apply to the seal, The Tennessean reported.


“Williamson County now presents this petition for a declaratory order asking the Tennessee Historical Commission to declare that … the seal is not a ‘memorial’ within the meaning of the law,” County Attorney Jeff Moseley wrote in the petition. Although it was a memorial, the petition continues, “it was not erected, named or dedicated on public property in honor of any historical conflict, historical entity, historical event, of a historical figure or historical organization”.

The Historical Commission unanimously accepted the county’s argument.

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