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Davis descendant says flag "a symbol that divides our country"

These are the flag that fly at Beauvoir where visitors learn about Jefferson Davis and the history of the confederacy. (Photo source: WLOX) These are the flag that fly at Beauvoir where visitors learn about Jefferson Davis and the history of the confederacy. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Bertram Hayes-Davis is the great great grandson of Jefferson Davis. He wants it known that to him, it's time for the confederate battle flag to "be folded and placed in the right historic perspective and locations." 

In recent years, Hayes-Davis ran the historic Beauvoir property on Biloxi's shoreline. That museum is where visitors learn about the President of the Confederate States of America.

On Friday, South Carolina removed the confederate battle flag from its state house grounds. Now, organizations like the Jackson County NAACP are looking for ways to get Mississippi to remove that emblem from the state flag.

"I have confronted this issue directly and have come to the conclusion and agreement with the opinions of many," Hayes-Davis writes. "This flag has become a symbol that divides our country."

Rep. Steven Palazzo has a much different perspective of the state flag and whether the confederate symbol should remain on it. In an interview on WLOX News at Midday, he noted Mississippi voters overwhelmingly supported the current flag in a 2001 vote. "If they're going to make an effort to change the flag, it should be a ballot initiative where all Mississippians have a chance to weigh in," Palazzo said. "It's not up to your senators or your members of Congress or your governor or your state legislature. It needs to be left up to the residents of Mississippi."

Both Sen. Thad Cochran and Sen. Roger Wicker have both said it's time for Mississippi to adopt a new flag.

Bertram Hayes-Davis seems to be saying the same thing in a letter he wrote on June 22. "It is time for the Confederate Battle Flag to be part of historical collections and not a public symbol to any one person, group or organization," he wrote. "The time for division is over and we must all come together for the future unity of this country."

On Sunday night, WLOX News anchor David Elliott will sit down with Bertram Hayes-Davis for a discussion about the confederate battle flag and what might happen next.

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