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Perdue faces flag issue

February 11, 2003

Albany- Governor Perdue wants Georgians to vote either for or against the new state flag in a statewide referendum. We should find out Wednesday if he also will push for a vote on whether to bring back the former flag containing the confederate emblem.

James King is the Commander of the Albany Sons of Confederate Veterans, and he says the group fully supports the former flag, and would like to see it brought back. King says the confederate emblem is memorial to Confederate soldiers.

But others disagree.

"They draped Black men in the flag as they hung them and burned them, so that's what it means," says former legislator, John White.

White represented Albany for 22 years and says there have been flag resolutions in the house since the 80's. He even introduced a resolution in 1995 to chance the flag back the one that flew before 1956.

Still White believes the best thing to do at this point in time is to leave the current flag the way it is.

Perdue plans to reveal his plans for the referendum during a new conference Wednesday. No matter what voters say the referendum will be non-binding. Legislators will have the final say.

Posted at 11:10 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com