Group Protests Suffolk Failure To Honor Confederates

Posted: May 19, 2008

A Suffolk group is protesting that the city mayor didn’t proclaim April as Confederate History and Heritage Month.

Each year the Tom Smith Camp Sons of Confederate Veterans asks the city mayor to dub the month a time to recognize their ancestors.

It’s caused controversy in the past because some people consider it divisive.

The group has had varied success.

In 2002, former Mayor Curtis Milteer signed the proclamation, but in 2003 and 2004 former Mayor Dana Dickens refused.

Former Mayor Bobby Ralph made the designation in 2005, but said no in 2006.

Mayor Linda Johnson said no last year.

She says she was preoccupied by the city’s tornado recovery and forgot to reply this year.

But she says she would have refused again.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press.

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