Confederate flag removed from Caddo Courthouse overnight

Published: Nov. 4, 2011 at 1:15 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 7, 2011 at 9:05 AM CST
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - The Confederate Flag that flew for six decades in front of the Caddo Parish Courthouse is gone.

Originally, the plan called for the flag to be removed by 4:00 p.m. Friday, however it was gone from the flagpole and replaced with an American Flag just hours after the Caddo Parish Commission voted 11 to 1 to remove the pole.

Lynda Gramling, President, Shreveport Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy confirms the flag was taken down overnight because she says  they "wanted it to be honored and not turned into a media circus." 

Grambling says they replaced it with an American flag, but that flag was also taken down, because it was flying below the Louisiana state flag.

Caddo Parish District 9 Commissioner Mike Thibodeaux had suggested moving the Confederate flag to the Greenwood Cemetery, where a number Confederate soldiers are buried. Gramling says that will not happen, however, because there are already enough Confederate flags flying there already.

Gramling says the flag will be stored in the possession of the Daughters of the Confederacy.

The Confederate monument on which the flag flew for 60 years remains, featuring a Confederate soldier and the busts of Generals Lee and Jackson, Beauregard and Allen.

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