BOSTON (AP) — A Confederate flag that was attached to a Boston memorial honoring an all-black Union Civil War unit has been removed.
The Boston Globe (http://bit.ly/1TZxMkR ) reports that the battle flag hung from the Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial for more than an hour Sunday.
The 1989 movie “Glory” is based on the regiment.
The incident comes amid increased scrutiny over the flag in the wake of a shooting that killed 9 at a historic black church in South Carolina.
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The flag apparently had been ripped by others trying to remove it. It remained up until 10:30 p.m. when 37-year-old Melissa Carino, of Lowell, untied it and threw it away before police arrived.
Gov. John Andrew commissioned the 54th following the Emancipation Proclamation.
Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com