PHILADELPHIA — The City of Brotherly Love has no apparently love for emblems of the Confederacy. At least while the eyes of the world are watching the Democratic National Convention here.
The Associated Press and local media are reporting that the Mississippi state flag was removed from the Avenue of the States here on Monday after demonstrators protested its presence because of the conspicuous presence of a Confederate banner in its design.
Mississippi’s state flag didn’t last long on Broad Street in South Philadelphia.
City workers on Monday removed the red, white, and blue banner – which has the Confederate flag in the top left corner – from a lighting standard near Passyunk Avenue after dozens of protesters and some local residents asked for it to be taken down, city officials said.
It had been put up about two weeks ago among a collection of state flags on South Broad. It won’t be put up again, said Brian Abernathy, a deputy managing director for the city, who said, “The Confederate flag raises strong feelings in our city.”
The local CBS affiliate reports that the newly-minted “Avenue of the States” stretches down South Broad Street and features two flags from all 50 states. Not anymore.