Local non-partisan group on the merits of facts, not emotion as SC flag removed

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - After weeks of protest and debate, the Confederate Flag is no longer flying over South Carolina's capitol. State officials removed it Friday. Many hope the flag removal will lead to greater unity among Americans. But, of course, the flag debate continues.

In recent days, the politics of this issue have been at the forefront of the discussions. But, WHNT News 19 spoke with the leader of a local organization dedicated to the non-partisan study of the passions and people surrounding the Civil War to gain a different perspective.

We've heard plenty of confusion in past weeks over the difference between 'heritage' and 'history.'

"We reach hundreds and hundreds of folks with a non-partisan opportunity to study and learn about the Civil War," explains Carol Codori, President of nonprofit Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table. "We also focus on education and preservation and our goal is to do this in a way that lets people learn about the passions, the personalities, the battles but also about the culture and the citizens and the issues of the day; even the politics."

Speaking of passions and all those politics, Codori says while the intensity of the debate is inescapable, maybe there's something to be said about approaching your stance from a lens of learning, not emotion.

"I like to call it more 'learning and legacy' rather than some of the other words that have been used. Learn about it, learn about your own legacy; take your own piece of it, study it for yourself, become educated, become knowledgeable," she says.

The Tennessee Valley Civil War Round Table meets the second Thursday of each month except December at 6:30p.m. at the Elks Lodge at 725 Franklin Street SE, Huntsville, Al. The meetings are open to anyone interested.

Save the date:

On Thursday July 30, TVCWRT will host another Civil War Sesquicentinnial event -- Weeden House Tour & Garden Stroll.

Donations are welcome but admission is free from 4:00 - 8:00p.m. at 300 Gates Avenue SE, Huntsville, Al. 35801. Tea and cookies will be provided and period dress is encouraged.