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Middle Tennessee elementary school removes Confederate murals depicting hanging


By: Katie Grunik, WZTV

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) - Representatives from the Cumberland County School district in Tennesee said Confederate murals in an elementary school gym were removed on Friday.

A concerned parent reached out to WZTV about the murals in the South Cumberland Elementary School gym. The elementary school's mascot is the rebels.

Photos taken prior to the removal show a large mural of a Confederate flag. Another mural depicted a person wearing blue hanging from a rope in a tree while a person wearing red and holding a Confederate flag stood nearby.

Parent David Clark wrote that he had been in touch with the school board about painting over the murals since December, and no action had been taken or planned.

"Germany does not display Nazi symbols," Clark wrote. "This is not heritage, it is racism."A representative for the school district said a maintenance order was put in Monday to take care of the murals. The district had scheduled an artist to come paint something else over them, but the artist fell ill so they had to postpone.

This is a developing story and will be update with the latest information. Watch the full report tonight on Fox 17 News at 9 p.m. Stream it here: fox17.com/watch.

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