Florida professor to burn Confederate flag

Orlando, Florida -- A college professor plans to burn a Confederate flag on Memorial Day as a way to let go of a part of history, according to a report from WKMG.

"That part of our history needs to be buried," said Julian Chambliss, chair of the Department of History and coordinator of the Africa & African-American Studies program at Rollins College.

The action will take place in the the Greenwood Urban Wetlands, along with other locations in the area.

Chambliss told WKMG he plans to put the flag in a box, burn it, and then scatter the ashes in the pond and wetlands area.

Chambliss, a native of Jacksonville, said he came to the Orlando area a decade ago and sees the flag as a symbol to a part of history that needs to be let go.

His plan got some protest from John Adams, with the Sons of Confederate Veterans, who has nine relatives who fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War.

Adams doesn't mind the exercise in free speech but does take exception to when it will take place.

"Memorial Day?" Adams said as he raised his eyebrows. "That's a day for the soldiers. Respect that day and let our boys who gave their lives rest in peace."


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