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Wednesday, August 7, 2002

South Carolina NAACP hits road for convention

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The South Carolina NAACP will hold its annual convention in Georgia this fall, the fourth straight year it has met outside the state to protest the flying of the Confederate flag on the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse.

The three-day meeting will be held at Savannah State University beginning Oct. 10.

Marion Edmonds, a spokesman for the South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department, said his agency was "very disappointed that the state NAACP has felt it necessary to continue these economic sanctions."

The Confederate flag was removed from atop the Capitol dome and placed at a monument on the grounds in 2000, six months after the NAACP began its economic boycott of the state. The NAACP wants the flag removed altogether.

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