Locals react to Confederate battle flag’s impending removal

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) – With news of the impending removal of the confederate flag from the statehouse grounds in South Carolina, we wanted to know how local leaders felt.

Folks we talked with said they were thrilled to see not just the flag come down, but also what they feel the flag symbolizes. The confederate battle flag, which will fly for the last time over the state capitol in South Carolina Thursday, has been the center of much controversy.

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In Wilmington, one local pastor tells us he thinks the flag coming down is a fitting tribute for the 9 people who were killed in that racially motivated shooting in Charleston, South Carolina just a few weeks ago.

“What a wonderful honor this is for those 9 persons and also for specifically in the house where the Reverend Senator Clemente Pickney served,” said Wayne Johnson, Pastor of St. Stevens AME Zion Church.

Pastor Wayne also said he realizes the flag represents heritage for some but he said for those people to also remember that for others it represents a reminder of a very dark time in American history.

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