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Confederate flag at old NC Capitol coming down

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A Confederate battle flag hung inside the old North Carolina State Capitol to mark the sesquicentennial of the Civil War is being taken down after civil rights leaders raised concerns.

Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz said Friday night that the intent of the exhibit was to represent the State Capital as it was in 1863.

Kluttz said the exhibit was temporary. But since she’s learned that Gov. Pat McCrory plans to use the old House chamber as working space, the display will come down this weekend.

The flag was to remain on display through April 2015.

McCrory spokeswoman Kim Genardo said the flag exhibit will be relocated, possibly to the N.C. Museum of History. A final decision is expected next week.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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