St. Louis Public Radio News
12:40 pm
Tue January 14, 2003

Confederate Flags Come Down

Jefferson City, MO – The state of Missouri today pulled down
Confederate flags at two state historic sites.

The action follows Democratic presidential hopeful Dick Gephardt's declaration that the flag shouldn't be flown anywhere.

Flags were removed at the Confederate Memorial Historic Site near Higginsville, and the Fort Davidson Historic Site near Pilot Knob.

Sue Holst of the Department of Natural Resources says the flags were ordered pulled down by department director Steve Mahfood.

However, they still will be displayed inside visitors centers at the two sites.

Governor Holden's spokeswoman, Mary Still, says she called Mahfood after reading an Associated Press story about Gephardt's
statement.

Still says Holden didn't know about her conversation with Mahfood.