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Citadel News Service
4 Jun 2014

An update on the flag in Summerall Chapel

On June 3, the Charleston County Council voted to approve $975,000 in accommodations tax funding for The Citadel. This was the second of three budget hearings on the appropriation. However, the County Council stipulated that The Citadel would have to wait for the Attorney General's ruling on whether or not the Confederate Naval Jack in Summerall Chapel is subject to the state's Heritage Act before the tax revenues would be released to the college.

That AG ruling could come before the final time the council reviews the accommodations tax funding at its next meeting on June 17th. State Senators Larry Grooms and Danny Verdin wrote the Attorney General's Office earlier Tuesday asking whether the Confederate Naval Jack in Summerall Chapel is a memorial protected by the Heritage Act and must remain there.

The Council's action would give The Citadel its funding immediately if AG decides that the Naval Jack presented to Citadel President General Charles P. Summerall in April 1939 is a memorial that is protected by the Heritage Act. If the AG decides that the flag is not subject to the Heritage Act and could be moved, the council agreed that it would take up the issue at that time.

Thank you for your continued support on this matter.