Artwork with Confederate flag removed in Ga.

The Associated Press
Friday, February 4, 2011

OAKWOOD, Ga. — A college president in Georgia says she ordered an instructor’s painting that featured a Confederate flag removed from a faculty art exhibit.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports the flag was superimposed on images including a hanged black man and a hooded Ku Klux Klansman.

Gainesville State College President Martha Nesbitt says she had to consider the impact on the health and reputation of the institution.

Athens artist Stan Bermudez says his painting was ordered removed around the same time a retired air force major objected to it on a website devoted to Southern heritage.

The major says he hates to see the flag of Southern soldiers maligned, but Bermudez says the painting represents some of the feelings he associates with it.

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