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City-owned park no place for Confederate battle flag

Wichita Eagle

Good for the Wichita Park Board for voting Monday that the Confederate battle flag not return to the John S. Stevens Pavilion at Veterans Memorial Park, and for recommending that the Kansas flag join the historical display and a Civil War-related Reconciliation Memorial be added. Mayor Jeff Longwell was right to have the Confederate flag removed in July, amid the furor over the South Carolina church shootings and white supremacists’ use of the banner to foment hatred and violence. The flag, included in 1976 in the display as the “best known and generally recognized symbol of the South until April 9, 1865,” is undeserving of a place of honor in a city-owned park, especially in what was a free state. – Rhonda Holman