Demand Kennesaw remove the Confederate flag from Downtown Kennesaw City Property
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The Confederate flag, in present-day America, is commonly used as a symbol racism, white supremacy, and sectionalism of the southern region of the United States, as recently seen in the 2017 protests in Charlottesville, VA that killed peaceful protester Heather Heyer against white supremacy. It is often equated and used in companionship with the Swastika flag of Nazi Germany in the United States. The removal of the Confederate flag from city property, from the public flag pole in downtown Kennesaw would serve as a message to all that our community strives for equality and unity, rather than disparity and division.
The Confederate flag in Downtown Kennesaw is commemorated to William Fuller, a Confederate train conductor whose reclaiming of the General during the Civil War lead to the deaths of 8 Union raiders who attempted to acquire the train for the Union and destroy railways used to support the Confederacy. Kennesaw's Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History predicts his actions potentially lengthened the Civil War by over two years. This man is not someone worth idolization or commemoration.
The flag's inscription reads:
"To the Memory of William A. Fuller (1836-1905) Captain Independent State Troops of Georgia, C.S.A. As conductor on the state-owned Western & Atlantic R.R. he led the pursuing party that, after a 90 mile chase in which three locomotives were used recaptured the locomotive General which had been seized at Big Shanty, April 12th, 1862 by a group of federal raiders led by James J. Andrews intent upon the destruction of the railroad bridges between this point and Chattanooga."
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