Unfortunately, you wouldn’t know this from those folks who proclaim themselves defenders of “Southern Heritage.” Many of these people are preoccupied with silly battles surrounding the display of the Confederate flag. Anyone who follows this nauseating debate can see that the pro-flag forces are on the losing side of history. Whether they are willing to acknowledge it or not, the majority of Americans do not want to see the Confederate flag in public spaces and supported with public dollars. As the title of the post suggests, however, there is reason to celebrate.
The Museum of the Confederacy’s new museum at Appomattox is beginning to take shape. The center-piece of the exhibit will be the uniform and ceremonial sword that Robert E. Lee wore at the surrender ceremony. Looking for Confederate flags? Fifteen flags will be set up in front of the building in full view of U.S. 460 and you can bet that they will all be properly interpreted by museum staff. Here is a wonderful example of the preservation of Confederate/American history that all of us can embrace.
The only Southern Heritage that is under assault is the one mired in ignorance and hatred.