Danville Council vote prompts Confederate flag to be removed

WLNI-MDANVILLE, Va. (AP) _ A Danville police officer has removed a Confederate flag from a historic mansion’s flagpole after City Council members voted to limit the flying of flags on city-owned property. Multiple media outlets report that the Council voted 7-2 on Thursday night to allow only the U.S., Virginia, city of Danville and the POW/MIA flag to fly from city-maintained flagpoles. Because the city owns the Sutherlin Mansion, the Third National Confederate flag was promptly removed from the flagpole. The mansion briefly served as the final capitol of the Confederacy. Prior to the vote, Attorney General Mark Herring sent city officials an official opinion on the issue, saying the flag could come down because the granite base the flagpole sits on recognizes the “historical significance” of the building _ not a particular war or veterans.

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