About Those Confederate Flag Murals in Crossville, TN

After reading the coverage of the controversy surrounding two Confederate-themed murals at an elementary school in Crossville, Tenneessee I decided to write a short essay for The Daily Beast.

Thanks again to Daniel Weinfeld, who pointed me to evidence gathered by James Loewen that suggests that Crossville was once a sundown town. It adds important historical context to this story and may help to explain why such a mural was tolerated for so long and why initial concerns were brushed aside.

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1 comment… add one
  • David Kent Mar 11, 2018 @ 5:25

    In a elementary school? Nothing like fomenting hate at a early age.

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