Confederate Flag Opponents Pray For Flag To Come Down

Confederate flag opponent Jason Whitfield says his spirituality is the main reason he's spent the past five days camped out on beach in Harrrison County. Whitfield and other opponents of the Confederate Battle flag held a prayer service at the foot of the eight flags display Sunday morning.

A familiar hymn brought Rose Johnson to tears. She remembers vividly the pain in her grandmother's voice when she talked about the death of Johnson's cousin Wilder McGowen.

"He was lynched November 21, 1938, in Wiggins under this Confederate flag," said Johnson. "I just feel it's time to put the flag to rest so that we will be able to put to rest Wilder and many other blacks."

About forty people gathered a sunrise worship service. Through songs and prayers, opponents of the Confederate battle flag asked God to help them take down what they consider a symbol of hate.

Sister Martha Milner, said "I think people were very moved on the level of their conscience of morality of what God calls us to do."

Toward the end of the service, Jason Whitfield spoke to the crowd.

"God's children are getting impatient," said Whitfield. "God's children are getting tired, God's children are being hurt."

Whitfield said only God could have moved him to go to the lengths he has gone.

"If this was only a racial issue or a political or economic issue then it really wouldn't be worth the struggle ," said Whitfield. "This is morally incorrect, spiritually incorrect people will understand that."

The protesters say they are not only praying for a change in the Confederate flag display but also for change in the hearts of those who would want to see it there.