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Georgetown Historical Society Responds to Calls to Remove Confederate Flag from Marvel Museum

Confederate memorial with Confederate flag outside the Georgetown Historical Society’s Marvel Museum.

GEORGETOWN, Del. – The Georgetown Historical Society released a statement in response to weeks of controversy over a Confederate flag they display on the grounds of their Marvel Museum.

“As our name confirms, for decades our members and volunteers have been actively engaged in our beloved community to advance, present and honor its history, without fear or favor, and remain dedicated to educating in that history with fidelity. and truth,” the organization said in a news release after weeks of unanswered calls from our news office for a formal response to calls from residents and elected officials to have the flag removed.

The sons of Confederate veterans of the Delaware Grays installed the monument where the Confederate flag flies outside the museum in 2007.

In its official statement, the organization gave an overview of the history of the flag and the memorial it represents on the museum grounds.

“As part of our mission, circa 2005, we extended a mutual invitation to Delaware Union representatives and Confederate veterans to erect a monument honoring each of those Delawares who showed bravery in battle toward the ultimate sacrifice that has shaped our history at the end of the war between the states sued between 1861 and 1865,” officials wrote in their press release.

Georgetown Historical Society officials later defended their right to have such a memorial in their statement and dismissed the concerns of those seeking to have the Confederate flag removed, saying “accuracy memorials in history do not do not always generate universal acceptance. or approval.

“Although there are monuments honoring those who joined the Federal armies at Gettysburg and Sharpsburg, no memorial of Delaware’s Confederate history exists in their struggle for independence, other than ours. accuracy in history do not always generate universal acceptance or approval,” the organization wrote. Our company has rightly given its word of binding commitment to SCV, allowing them to exclusively select which flags to highlight. as part of their memorial in perpetuity, a promise upon which they have rightly and materially relied ever since.

Although many feel the Confederate flag condones and promotes the idea of ​​slavery, constantly reminding black Americans of what their ancestors endured, the organization said it views the institution as a “moral evil and politics of all time”.

“We note that the GHS and the SCV have and continue to regard the institution of slavery as a moral and political evil forever, as General Robert E. Lee has consistently maintained in his public statements and private correspondence “, wrote the organization’s officials in the press release.

In conclusion, they stated that they would not remove the flag, intending to keep their word to the sons of Confederate veterans, and called for tolerance from members of the community who are offended by their choice of fly the flag:

“The GHS intends to keep its word to SCV, in particular on the choice of flags to adorn the Memorial, and calls on all citizens of good character and good faith to engage in the environment of unity, pluralism and tolerance demonstrated at the unveiling on May 12, 2007, allowing those who have chosen to honor their dead to do so with respect for their election, all in pursuit of the advancement of education and history that defines the noble object of the GHS.

This statement was released in the wake of the heated controversy that has been discussed for years in the Georgetown community. Georgetown City Council last month approved more than $24,000 to pay for repairs to the historical society’s Marvel museum, a move that has outraged some residents who argue the organization should receive no public funding unless she removes a Confederate flag that flies on the field.

A motion has been put forward to form a committee with this funding approval that will look at ways to work with the Georgetown Historical Society in hopes of resolving the issue with the flag.

The flag controversy spilled over to Sussex County Council after it learned that $2,000 of county funds had been used to fund the installation of an air conditioning unit for a new exhibit at the museum. Sussex County Councilor Mark Schaeffer plans to table a motion at this week’s council meeting demanding the money be returned to the county.

Repeated requests to reach the management of the Georgetown Historical Society for an interview have been unsuccessful.