Confederate Flag Battle Hits Iconic Charleston Boat

Back in 1989, Hurricane Hugo beached a small boat in among the oleander bushes near Folly Beach. No one claimed it, so artists dubbed it the “Folly Boat” and began painting it, eventually gaining official approval from the city of Charleston. The boat has seen so many layers that, at least once a decade, inches-thick skins of paint slough off the surface.

Now, as the second anniversary of the fatal shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston nears, the city’s residents are warring over the boat, painting it as part of an ongoing debate about the Confederate flag.

Dylan Roof, the Emanuel AME shooter, embraced the Confederate flag as a symbol of his white supremacy, posing alongside it in Facebook photos. After murdering nine people, Roof confessed that the shooting was racially motivated; his roommates said Roof supported segregation and sought to “start a civil war.”

The shootings prompted state lawmakers to vote on displaying the Confederate flag at their state capitol, eventually opting to remove it on July 10, 2015. The South Carolina Secessionist Party has protested this decision, appearing at the statehouse each July 10, lifting the Confederate banner on their own…

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