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    Roy Barnes (2003)

    In January 2001, in his first term as governor of Georgia, Roy Barnes succeeded where his predecessors had failed, winning the state legislature’s approval for a new state flag that minimized the prominence of the Confederate battle emblem, which had long been a focus of intense political conflict in the American South. Barnes undertook the effort ...

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    United States Flag that covered President Kennedy's Casket

    Maker: Valley Forge Flag Company (American, founded in 1882) Materials: cotton The United States flag used to adorn President John F. Kennedy's coffin.  On the upper left corner of the front of the flag is the number 2 written in pencil, representing the number of the seamstress who stitched the flag.  This flag was presented to Mrs. John...

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    David Beasley (2003)

    In November 1996, less than two years into his first term as governor of South Carolina, David Beasley, a conservative Republican, went on statewide television and asked the legislature to remove the Confederate battle flag from the state house dome, where it had flown beneath the American flag and the state flag since 1962. Although Beasley had be...

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    Carl Elliott, Sr. (1990)

    Carl Elliott, a former United States Congressman from Jasper, Alabama, was honored for his participation in the passage of the historic National Defense Education Act of 1958, which made a college education accessible to all, regardless of race or economic status. Congressman Elliott persevered despite the fact that his stands were anathemas in ...

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    Black Jack's Saber and Scabbard

    Medium: Steel, wood Dimensions: Overall: 36 1/2 in. (92.7 cm) In the funeral procession, a magnificent black gelding, with an empty saddle, saber, and boots reversed in the stirrups, followed the caisson bearing President Kennedy's coffin. The riderless horse is one of the highest military honors bestowed upon the fallen.  This saber with...

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United States Flag that covered President Kennedy's Casket

United States Flag that covered President Kennedy's Casket

Maker: Valley Forge Flag Company (American, founded in 1882) Materials: cotton The United ...