Alabama lawmaker says state should remove Confederate flags from Capitol grounds

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The Confederate battle flag flies at a Confederate war memorial on the grounds of Alabama state capitol in Montgomery on February 26, 2009. (Photo: CNN)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama lawmaker says the state should remove Confederate flags from the Alabama Capitol grounds.

The remarks from Rep. Alvin Holmes of Montgomery on Tuesday come in the wake of the shooting deaths of nine people at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, and amid a growing chorus of voices to remove the flags and other Confederate symbols from that state and others in the South.

Holmes says he will file a legislative resolution to remove the flags from the Capitol grounds. The flags surround an 88-foot tall Alabama Confederate Monument that was erected in 1898.

Holmes says the flags are offensive and have no place at a public building.

The Alabama Legislature is expected to meet later this summer for a special session on the budget.

Holmes led a successful fight in the 1990s to remove the Confederate flag from flying atop the Alabama Capitol dome. But the other flags remain on the grounds.