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ERASING HISTORY: National Park Service to concession stores: stop selling Confederate flags

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JACKSON, Miss. —The National Park Service is calling on concessionaires to stop selling items with the Confederate flag following the fatal shooting of nine people at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina.

National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis says the Confederate flag has a place in books, exhibits and reenactments -- but clothing, stickers or other items that use the flag as a stand-alone feature should be removed from the stores. Books and other news media depicting the flag in its historical context may remain.

Jarvis made his request in a memo issued Wednesday evening that was obtained by The Associated Press.

The agency contracts with third parties to administer concessions at national parks. Park stores that carry the Confederate flag are generally found at Civil War battlefields or national historic sites.

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