The Confederate flags left at Ebenezer Church and the MLK Jr Center are placed in the trunk of a police car (Courtesy CBS46)
The Confederate flags left at Ebenezer Church and the MLK Jr Center are placed in the trunk of a police car (Courtesy CBS46)

Atlanta Police and the office of Homeland Security are investigating the overnight  placement of Confederate flags at historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and near the King Center in the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site.

According to a report from CBS46, four flags were found lying on the church property on Auburn Avenue.

APD released surveillance video shows two white men placing the flags at the historic site. You can watch the video at this link.

Ebenezer’s Rev. Raphael G. Warnock said the placement of the flags was “clearly not about heritage, but about hate.” Both the King Center and Ebenezer have received racially veiled threats in recent days.

The call for the removal of Confederate flags and symbols from government property in the wake of the terrorist attack by a white supremacist that left nine dead at Emanuel AME in Charleston, SC has caused debate and controversy.

Georgia lawmakers added the stars and bars of the Confederate battle flag to the state flag in 1956 in defiance of the Civil Rights Movement and desegregation. It remained as part of the flag until 2001.

 

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

4 replies on “Update: Confederate flags placed at Ebenezer Church, King Center”

  1. Last time I checked, It wasn’t Illegal to place a flag anywhere. People need to get over themselves. Yes, these men may have had hate in their hearts while doing it but here I am, a white woman in Dekalb County, subjected to racism everyday. People in this town treat me as if I am the scum on their shoes. My house has been targeted multiple times for break ins while my prominent African American neighbors in Hidden Hills are busy shunning me also. There is hate in every heart. Treat each other with respect and let sh*t go.. I didn’t enslave any one of my neighbors. My family heritage is full of Irish slave trade and abuse but you don’t see me acting like a complete idiot and exacting revenge or holding anyone accountable for it. Lets worry about more productive things and teach our children better values and morals and work ethic.

  2. Last time I checked, It wasn’t Illegal to place a flag anywhere. People need to get over themselves. Yes, these men may have had hate in their hearts while doing it but here I am, a white woman in Dekalb County, subjected to racism everyday. People in this town treat me as if I am the scum on their shoes. My house has been targeted multiple times for break ins while my prominent African American neighbors in Hidden Hills are busy shunning me also. There is hate in every heart. Treat each other with respect and let sh*t go.. I didn’t enslave any one of my neighbors. My family heritage is full of Irish slave trade and abuse but you don’t see me acting like a complete idiot and exacting revenge or holding anyone accountable for it. Lets worry about more productive things and teach our children better values and morals and work ethic.

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