Department of Parks adopts guidelines for Confederate ‘battle’ flag merchandise

Staff Report

FRANKFORT – The Kentucky Department of Parks has adopted a policy in which it will no longer sell Confederate “battle” flags at park gift shops.

Under the policy, no merchandise will be sold that features the Confederate battle flag, such as caps or shirts.

Items that feature both the U.S. and the Confederate battle flags, educational material such as books, DVDs and other interpretive media that put the flag in historical context, may be sold at the gift shops.

The Civil War battle re-enactments held annually at certain parks are not affected under the guidelines.

In addition, future contracts with individuals and organizations that provide services or rent facilities at state parks will be subject to this policy.

Kentucky’s park policy is modeled after one recently established by the National Park Service in the wake of the shootings last month in South Carolina.

Staff Report

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