Lawsuit seeks return of Confederate flag at last capitol

Published: Aug. 15, 2015 at 5:34 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 25, 2015 at 5:34 PM EDT
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DANVILLE, Va. (AP) - Supporters of a Confederate flag that was removed from the last outpost of the Confederacy want to see it returned.

A lawsuit was filed Friday in Danville by the Heritage Preservation Association and others. It claims the flag was removed illegally after a vote by the City Council.

The Aug. 6 vote limited the types of flags that could be flown on city-owned property. The Confederate flag was not included.

The flag had flown outside the Sutherlin Mansion, which briefly served as the Confederate capitol after the fall of Richmond in April 1865.

The flag has been removed from many public places in the South since the June massacre of nine African-Americans in Charleston, South Carolina. The man accused in the slayings had been depicted in photographs with the flag.

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