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Va. NAACP criticizes group's Confederate flag plan

Wednesday - 8/7/2013, 8:00am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A heritage group's plan to fly a Confederate flag along Interstate 95 outside Richmond is drawing criticism from the head of the NAACP's Virginia chapter.

Virginia NAACP executive director King Salim Khalfani tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/14iwLLJ ) that the flag would make Richmond look like a "backwater, trailer park, hick town."

The Virginia Flaggers plans to fly the 10-by-15-foot flag on a 50-foot pole just south of Richmond.

Virginia Flaggers founder Susan Hathaway says her group doesn't want to offend anyone. She says the flag is intended to honor the area's Confederate heritage.

Hathaway also says Richmond and state officials have excluded Confederate history from their celebration of the Civil War's sesquicentennial.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com


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