Brown explains removal of Confederate flag from Capitol exhibit

HARRISBURG, June 15 – State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Phila., held a news conference this afternoon to explain her actions in removing a replica of the Confederate flag from a temporary display of historical U.S. flags in the Capitol.

Brown removed the flag on Tuesday and delivered it to the office of House Speaker Mike Turzai.

"I was shocked to see the symbol of hate, murder and oppression on display in the state Capitol," Brown said. "We are almost one year since Charleston. Any time I see anything like that I have to honor the Charleston Nine.

"We need to ensure that our children learn from the past. Displaying the flag without the proper context misses the opportunity to teach the true history."

Upon learning the Confederate flag was shown at the Capitol, Gov. Tom Wolf ordered it to be permanently removed from the display.

Brown said she would be willing to allow the flag to return to the display when the true meaning of the flag is explained in the exhibit.

"I am grateful to Governor Wolf for his stand in the removal of the flag, because it symbolizes slavery, oppression, murder and hate," Brown said.

The flag was part of the Hanover Area Historical Society's Clausen Historical Flag Exhibit, which is on display inside the Capitol this month.