Confederate still flag flies over rural firehouse despite funding threat

A Confederate flag has flown for years over the Uwharrie Volunteer Fire Department in Montgomery County. The department has refused to take the flag down after county commissioners threatened to withhold funding.

 — A fire department in central North Carolina refuses to furl its Confederate flag, despite an ultimatum from county officials.

The Uwharrie Volunteer Fire Department, deep in a national forest in Montgomery County, about 100 miles southwest of Raleigh, has flown a Confederate flag outside the firehouse for years. County commissioners ordered the department last month to take down the flag or face the loss of $19,000 a year in funding.

The department was organized as a nonprofit corporation in 1983 and owns the firehouse, but the county provides financial support for operations, as well as two fire trucks. Commissioners said they would pay only for fuel and maintenance for the trucks and would remove the Uwharrie name from the trucks in favor of decals promoting equality and freedom of speech…

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