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Homeowners proudly fly Confederate flag

A Confederate flag hangs outside a house in Horry County A Confederate flag hangs outside a house in Horry County
The reflection of a Confederate flag in a window The reflection of a Confederate flag in a window

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - As the debate continues in Columbia about whether or not to remove the Confederate flag, people in Horry County are showing where they stand on the issue.


"As long as this is my house, there will be a flag in front of it," Eddie Evans said.


Evans said he thinks the Confederate flag is a symbol of his Southern heritage, not hate. His current flag is faded and tearing, showing how long he has had it on display.


"It's to send a message that I'm from the South and I'm proud. That's all it sends," he said. "If other people want to ride by, make it out as something else, that's their problem, not mine."


Paula Harris bought her own Confederate flag recently on eBay right before the ban on selling the flags went into effect. She received the package yesterday and hung it up outside her house.


"I truly believe that the flag stands for freedom and independence and states' rights, which we are losing and we're losing our individual rights as well," Harris said.


She said she wanted to get a flag to display to show her position on the issue.


"I believe in the freedom that this stood for, so I'm letting everybody know and if they don't like it, that's too bad," she said. "That's my opinion. I'm entitled to that."


Neighbors said they don't mind people putting the flag on their own private property, although one said he'd like to see it taken down from Capitol.


"I think both sides we should stop fighting the Civil War," Bob Holland said. "We should respect each other's perspectives."


If the bill to relocate the Statehouse flag to a museum passes, it would not affect people flying the flag on their own property.
 

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