SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Over the past month, controversy has been brewing in the town of Summerville. It all started when a woman started flying a Confederate flag in a predominantly black neighborhood.
On Saturday, that controversy came to a head as the woman was met with a parade of protesters and supporters. Over 100 people stood on either side of the fence in this small Summerville neighborhood. Confederate flags flew while protestors marched by chanting.
"We've got Confederate paraphernalia in this black neighborhood for the first time. We thought it was good to get together to give a civil rights statement," said Aaron Brown, a protestor of the flag.
Annie Chambers Caddell, who is white, says that flying the flag in her yard is important to her and she had ancestors who fought for the South.
"My intent was never to harm anyone," Caddell said. "My intent is to live my life."
Caddell wasn't alone. People stood up for her and the confederate flag.
"MLK, like a lot of intelligent black folks know and understand that this flag is just as much any black man's around here in the South as any white man's," said H.K. Edgerton, a supporter of flying the flag.
"I've always hated bullies," said League of the South member Larry Sally. "And when Miss Annie called me and told me she was being bullied I brought some friends up here."
But others did not support Caddell and her flag.
"We're not going to tolerate someone coming in and bringing something negative in our community," one protestor said.
Protestors said the flag is insensitive and a step in the wrong direction
"She shouldn't have that flag flying period because of what we done been through and what our ancestors been through," said neighbor Tim Hudson.
Both sides said they want to sit down and talk about the issue.
"There needs to be a conversation in good will with her and her representatives," one person at the protest said.
But until that happens, Caddell said the rebel flag will keep flying.
"I don't care if I live in California, from the East coast to the West, I've hung a flag everywhere I've been," she said.
While the protestors and Caddell's supporters were not violent, Caddell says she has received several