Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — Residents of a suburban Pennsylvania town are refusing to buy Confederate flags and other symbols from a historic property owned by Confederate veterans.
Residents of Biltside, a small town about 45 miles northwest of Philadelphia, told CBS affiliate WPAF that they had purchased Confederate flags from a local business and planned to display them outside their home on Tuesday.
They said the flags were part of a campaign by the local mayor to take down the flag in an effort to reclaim a Confederate monument in the town’s historic downtown area.
The flag, which is called the Union Flag, was erected on the grounds of the Biltwell Estate in Biltone in 1911.
It was removed from the estate in 1996, but the B.I.M.C.P. restored it in 2002 and is now owned by a nonprofit organization called the Bicentennial Alliance for Civil and Constitutional Liberties.
Biltside’s chief operating officer, Jeffery Johnson, told the station that the city had no plans to remove the flag, but would work with the owner and the Bishops of Philadelphia to do so.
“The people of B.L.T. are committed to standing up for our history and heritage, and they will not tolerate any disrespect toward the American flag, the Bincounties, or the Confederacy,” Johnson said.
A sign at the property read, “We are proud to have the B-L-T flag in B. L.T.”
The city said it was taking steps to remove or rename the Confederate monument.
Earlier this month, Mayor Jim O’Neill signed a resolution to rename the Biscayne River Monument in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, after Confederate general Robert E. Lee.