Vendor Displaying Confederate Flag at Eastport’s Fourth of July Festival Stirs Controversy
A visitor to Eastport, Maine's Fourth of July festival was offended when they saw a vendor displaying the Confederate flag. That vendor also had the flag available for purchase. The visitor shared with us a concerned email to and response from the festival committee.
The Confederate flag was adopted by the states that seceded after Abraham Lincoln's election on a platform of opposition to the expansion of slavery, which lead to the American Civil War. Today, the flag is viewed by some as an offensive symbol of slavery, segregation and white supremacy while others view it as a part of history and heritage. Because of this, many states and organizations have stopped displaying the Confederate flag in recent years.
This email was sent to the Eastport Fourth of July Committee by someone who took offense to the flag.
Eastport Fourth of July Festival committee member Barbara Hicks responded.
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