The petition says the flag is there to commemorate William A. Fuller, the Confederate train conductor whose reclaiming of a locomotive during one of the Civil War’s largest train chases led to the deaths of eight Union raiders.
“This man is not someone worth idolization or commemoration,” the petition says. “ ... The removal of the Confederate flag from the public flag pole in downtown Kennesaw would serve as a message to all that our community strives for equality and unity, rather than disparity and division.”
But as with many aspects of the flag, it’s complicated.
Kennesaw Councilman Jimmy Dickens said city leaders, even if they could agree, can’t touch that flag.
“That area is a park, so the council has no authority to remove the flag,” Dickens said.
City spokeswoman Pam Davis said Georgia law protects the area, which contains monuments and plaques honoring veterans from various conflicts, and includes a 9/11 memorial.
Jones did not know the council had no power to take the flag down when he created the petition, Dickens said. The councilman said he doesn’t know when the land was turned into a park.
“I understand on both sides. I understand how people want to represent and show their heritage with the flag and everything, but I also see the other side where people see the flag as intimidation,” he said. “... it reminds some people of a time that America wasn’t as great as it is now.”
Ben Brasch is the reporter tasked with keeping Fulton County government accountable. The Florida native moved to Atlanta for a job with The AJC. If there's something important to you going on in Fulton, he wants to know about it. Help him better metro Atlanta by dropping a line, anonymously or otherwise.