Group wants to place large Confederate flags along Interstate 40
By Anna Johnson, Times-News – @anna_m_johnson
A group dedicated to Southern rights, which last year organized a rally in support of the county’s Confederate monument, is now working to line Interstate 40 with Confederate battle flags.
Alamance County Taking Back Alamance County — which has been shortened to ACTBAC NC — is raising funds for a multiyear project called Flagging 40.
The goal, according to Gary Williamson, the group’s main Facebook administrator, is to place a large Confederate battle flag in every North Carolina county that Interstate 40 runs through.
“It’s mainly to show support for our ancestors and to keep Southern pride alive, more or less,” he said. “Our ancestors and our way of life have been under attack for the last year, and all of our memorials are going to be dedicated to the Sons of Confederate Veterans from that specific county we are in.”
Each plaque will be for the people who fought and died for that county during the Civil War, Williamson said, adding the flags will be fixed atop flagpoles and placed on private property. Within the first two weeks, the group has raised $1,000, and land in three counties, including Alamance, has been donated, Williamson said. The group intends to place 23 flags along the interstate in 18 counties.
“We just want to show support and show that we are still here,” he said, adding the organization needs $3,000 to begin the process, and that flags could appear as early as October.
A fundraiser is slated for 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Mount Hermon Community Center, 3735 Bass Mountain Road, Graham. The event will feature a yard sale, breakfast plates for sale, a bake sale, barbecue plates for sale, an auction, bluegrass music, and vendors, among other attractions. Half of the proceeds will go toward Flagging 40, and half will go to Christmas Cheer of Alamance County.
Williamson said even if people don’t agree with the group fully, they should “still come out and support the community because we give what we can and put it right back in for the people who need help.”
Donations can be made HERE or by mailing checks or money orders to Actbac NC, P.O. Box 661, Snow Camp, NC 27349.