Atlanta Police and the office of Homeland Security are investigating the overnight placement of Confederate flags at historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and near the King Center in the Martin Luther King Jr. Historic Site.
According to a report from CBS46, four flags were found lying on the church property on Auburn Avenue.
APD released surveillance video shows two white men placing the flags at the historic site. You can watch the video at this link.
Ebenezer’s Rev. Raphael G. Warnock said the placement of the flags was “clearly not about heritage, but about hate.” Both the King Center and Ebenezer have received racially veiled threats in recent days.
The call for the removal of Confederate flags and symbols from government property in the wake of the terrorist attack by a white supremacist that left nine dead at Emanuel AME in Charleston, SC has caused debate and controversy.
Georgia lawmakers added the stars and bars of the Confederate battle flag to the state flag in 1956 in defiance of the Civil Rights Movement and desegregation. It remained as part of the flag until 2001.