Citadel votes to remove Confederate Naval Jack from campus chapel

Published: Jun. 24, 2015 at 12:29 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 24, 2015 at 1:53 AM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Board of Visitors at the Citadel voted Tuesday night to remove the Confederate Naval Jack from its chapel on campus.

The vote was 9-3 in favor of removing the flag from Summerall Chapel.

A Citadel spokesperson says the school needs the General Assembly's permission to remove the flag.

According to Citadel officials, the flag was presented to the military college in 1939. The removal of the flag will be done in accordance with the Heritage Act, the spokesperson said.

Citadel President Lt. Gen. John Rosa released this statement.

"The Board of Visitors and I believe now is the right time to move the flag from a place of worship to an appropriate location. We pride ourselves on our core values of honor, duty and respect. Moving the Naval Jack to another location is consistent with these values and is a model to all of the principled leadership we seek to instill in our cadets and students. It also promotes unity on our campus, in our community and across our state during this time of healing."

It is not clear when it will be removed or where it will be placed.

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