Culture
9:27 am
Fri April 13, 2012

SCV to Raise Confederate Flag in New Park off I-24

A flagpole flying the Confederate battle flag off Interstate 24 near exit 16 will be the centerpiece of a new park honoring Confederate soldiers.  The Sons of Confederate Veterans are funding construction of benches and a circle of bricks to represent southern soldiers who fought to secede  from the United States in the 1860s.  SCV Kentucky Division Commander John Suttles tells The Paducah Sun the land for the park was donated by a man who had Confederate ancestors.  McCracken County Judge-Executive Van Newberry says he's worried about what visitors to Paducah and the county will think upon seeing the flag.  Newberry concedes that as long as the flagpole is on private property and if is installed according to code, it is considered First Amendment-protected free speech protected.