Flag issue in limbo; Jackson board takes no action

Thursday, March 3, 2005

It appears that Jackson's Board of Aldermen has decided not to decide on allowing a Missouri Confederate flag to be flown over Col. William Jeffers' grave at the city cemetery.

At Monday night's study session, Clint Lacy, a Confederate history activist and Marble Hill resident, made a presentation to the council, asking that the flag be raised.

This came after he received a letter from Mayor Paul Sander stating that no one on the board wanted to bring the issue to a vote.

Apparently, Lacy's words didn't convince the council.

On Wednesday, Sander said he didn't think any of the council members wanted to bring the matter to a vote, meaning the issue is in something of a coma -- not dead, but not going anywhere.

Four people, including two representatives from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, spoke in opposition of the request Monday night. Sander said the board had concerns about setting a precedent and opening up the cemetery to all sorts of flags. He also said that there was no support offered from Jackson residents.

A veteran of the Mexican War, Jeffers commanded Missouri Confederate cavalry during the Civil War. He died in 1903.

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