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Officials at Fort Sumter announce modified historical flag display

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

Fort Sumter National Monument officials say they're moving their historical flag display to their original parade ground inside the fort.

A news release says the display will include every national flag that flew over the fort during the Civil War. It says the display will be located on the same ground and near the same location where the original flags flew 150 years ago.

The new display will include the 33-star United States flag, the First National Flag of the Confederacy, the Second National Flag of the Confederacy, and the 35-star United States flag. Officials say each of those flags flew over the fort during the Civil War between 1861 and 1865.

“As a focal point of Charleston Harbor, it is important that the only flag seen flying atop Fort Sumter National Monument is the current United States flag,” said Superintendent Tim Stone. “The historical flag display will be in the fort so visitors can learn about the fort’s history and the history of the flags that flew here.”

Only the current United States flag has flown above Fort Sumter since the tragedy at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. 

The release says the National Park Service is looking closely at how interpretive displays featuring flags of the Confederacy help visitors understand the Civil War. They decided that only national flags flown at the fort during the Civil War would be part of the new display.

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