City to remove confederate flag hanging from pedestrian bridge

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 11:24am
Staff reports

Metro Public Works Department officials late Tuesday morning were preparing to remove a Confederate flag suspended from the middle of the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge.

"That’s not the first time someone’s hung something on the bridge where we’ve had to go take it down,” said Veronica Frazier, Public Works spokeswoman.

“And it’s not the first confederate flag,” Frazier added.

Downtown workers Tuesday morning took notice of the Confederate flag, which had been suspended from the middle of the pedestrian bridge by yellow "Caution" tape. Multiple observers alerted The City Paper to the flag via email.

It appears the person who hung the flag crossed the railing of the bridge to tie the tape and the flag to the bridge’s support beams. 

Earlier Tuesday morning, Metro Police spokeswoman Rachel Vance said the department had not received any calls about the flag.

22 Comments on this post:

By: HokeyPokey on 3/29/11 at 10:04

I'd say "Caution" was in order.


By: bearsfan on 3/29/11 at 10:09

really? this is newsworthy? the people that called to report this should get a life, but i'm sure they just didn't want anyone to get offended by a flag that historically represents the south. let's be sure and send 4 or 5 public works employees out to take it down before there's a lawsuit against metro.

By: gdiafante on 3/29/11 at 10:33

It historically represents traitors to the United States of America.

By: LFCRed on 3/29/11 at 10:42

To hell w/ the CSA - the 19th Century sucked. Why anyone longs for it is beyond me.

"Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy." Benjamin Franklin

By: JeffF on 3/29/11 at 10:46

I say shoot it down with shotguns or a WW@ style flame thrower. Go look at one in a museum if you want to remember your past.

By: lawburgtn on 3/29/11 at 10:54

Good grief. This is news why? This is no different than some one painting graffiti on the same bridge. The CP just wants to stir up emotions.

By: TITAN1 on 3/29/11 at 11:14

A cowardly act. If the person really believed in what he was doing he would have done it in broad daylight. Sort of like gang graffiti, they do it when nobody is watching.

By: Bassplayer68 on 3/29/11 at 11:29

To:gdiafante: Your comment is as disturbing as the current sorry state this world is in!!!
That flag represents a lot more than Traitors of the U.S. It is the flag that a lot of southern people believed in and died for!No different than any other civil war that has ever been fought and still being fought.It would be no different than me saying you know the difference between a yankee and a damn yankee.The Damn Yankee is the one who stays!!! If you have faith in the current state of government and you still think you are free you had better rethink what you know!!Wake up people

By: gdiafante on 3/29/11 at 11:47

It's 2011, bass...the Civil War is over.

And yes, if you have no allegiance to the United States of America, and instead find yourself wishing the CSA would rise again, you are a traitor.

Put your money where that big mouth of yours is...if you think you're being oppressed and are a slave, either rebel or get the hell out. Get it?

By: HokeyPokey on 3/29/11 at 12:03

Pellagra and lynchin' also historically represent the south. Long for those too?

Now quit playing with that bass and throw it back before you give it a skin disease.


By: EquinsuOcha on 3/29/11 at 12:07

gdiafante,LFCRed,JeffF,HokeyPokey,...they could shelter their brains in the shade of a snowpea.....

By: PromosFriend on 3/29/11 at 12:30

'lawburgtn' has it right - how is this more news than any other graffiti. Reporters, especially on a slow news day, look for anything that they can use to sell stories. And in this case they are helping the person or persons who put up the flag in hopes of getting attention. Providing that platform only encourages more of the same. Cut down the flag, paint over the graffiti and chase the perps around, but don't try to make news where there isn't any.


By: richgoose on 3/29/11 at 12:33

I think very often about what life would be like today if the Confederates had been able to break through and burn Washington. Not once however have I thought that hanging the Confederate flag in a public place in Nashville or anywhere else was a good idea.

By: Bassplayer68 on 3/29/11 at 2:17

Opinions to all the people who think there crapping on the south is funny,Take a good look and see where all your relatives come from and where they stood during the civil war.Brother against brother,Father against son,etc
I hate all racist people and i do mean all,that go's for all races!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I hate everything slavery stood for!!!! I am from one of the racist states of all.
I don't want to fight the war over but i truly hate the government and all it stands for at this point!!! it is only a flag that people fought under and believed in!Always remember opinions are like a**holes everyone has one and sometimes they stink!!! I am no backwards southern person,I am college educated,own a nice home,I am an Eagle scout and am very proud to call myself an American.I have even been on both sides of the civil war reinactment's!Why? just like most of you biggots commenting on me personally who do not know me.You too had people who fought on both sides just like the rest of us!
I am one person who would die for what i believe in!!! How about any of you.To call me a traitor because i respect what my ancestors fought for make you all a bunch of puppets!!So dance for me puppets

By: Antisocialite on 3/29/11 at 2:31

EquinsuOcha said:
gdiafante,LFCRed,JeffF,HokeyPokey,...they could shelter their brains in the shade of a snowpea.....

Shut up White Devil!

If you don't get the joke, get off my back!

By: TITAN1 on 3/29/11 at 6:09

Bassplayer needs a chill pill.

By: Loner on 3/30/11 at 5:10

Call Washington, DC....this is a case of domestic terrorism directed at black Americans. If a swastika was hung from that same bridge, the ADL would have a crew in town, to report on the anti-Semitic incident. As long as it's just blacks being intimidated, no such terrorism reports will be filed. Intimidating blacks in the South is not really newsworthy... it happens every day.

By: Loner on 3/30/11 at 5:21

Bassplayer....check the Confederate's the smoking cannon that reveals the fact that "African Negro slavery" was the one state's right that was considered non-negotiable and Divinely sanctioned. Slavery was the casus belli for the war; of that, there is no doubt. The Civil War was both a race war and a holy war....both sides had their chaplains and supportive theological luminaries backing their positions...both sides had God on their side.

Sadly, the unrepentant South still refuses to admit that the Southern Cause was not legitimate; it was, in fact, damning. Only a racist would carry the torch for the Old Confederacy.

By: Bassplayer68 on 3/30/11 at 6:57

Not carrying a torch for anyone!Just have no choice but to respect my ancestors who fought died and are buried on both sides of this war.In all no one ever wins any war or fight.Someone always gets hurt!!!

By: yucchhii on 3/30/11 at 8:21

yucchhii Y'all can say what ever you want about me, I don't care!! But truth of the matter is that the clown who put the flag there was STUPID to begin with! To climb out onto the support beams just to hang anything is a STPID act!! Some say he or she was brave to do that! NO! He or she was STUPID!!! DUH! You want to take the serious chance to kill yourself or seriously break up your body just to hang something? If you don't care that you could die from a STUPID act, then why not just HANG YOURSELF!!! The word of the day is ..."DUH!"

By: pswindle on 3/30/11 at 10:16

TN is going to hell in a hand-basket.

By: GUARDIAN on 3/30/11 at 1:05

GUARDIAN- LMAO- Someone will just put up another or you can drive any direction on I-40 and see huge Stars and Bars flying next to the interstate. Yahoo closed comments on this before anyone could comment. I could write a lot abut this to prove Lincoln was right but who really cares. To those that do read this I hope you know the Civil War wasn't about slavery because I can prove it. Do you know why Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation two years into the war. Does the truth matter? It only freed the slaves in the South. Lee freed his slaves before the Civil War Grant after the war .lol If that doesn't tell you something read what Lincoln thought.