Attorney Myron Penn with son, Corde, remove all the Confederate flags from the cemetery behind the Red Door Theatre.

At Monday’s Bullock County Commission meeting, Attorney Myron Penn announced that he and his wife, Karen, recently removed Confederate flags from behind the Red Door Theater.

In his presentation, Penn stated that the flags were “symbols of a divided society, and I do not want the children of our community—black, white, Hispanic, or whatever--to ever feel they are a part of a community that is divided.”

Penn, who served two terms in the Alabama Senate after serving as Bullock County’s first black elected commission chairman, said that his four-year old son deserved to grow up in a community that is not tainted by painful relics of the past “that only symbolize a division within our nation, our community, and our people.”

Penn went on to say, “We are charged with the responsibility of providing the best for all of our children, and Karen and I refuse to allow our community to fall victim to symbols that serve no purpose other than to divide us.”

Karen stated that while the flag display was historic, it also brought with it a darkness that only causes more pain to those who view it as a reminder of a past that no one should want to re-live. She stated, “I told Myron that it baffles me that these flags were flown in the most visible and identifiable location in Bullock County, and we have accepted them as a part of our past. Well, our past and our present seem to have combined to a point where we accept them as a way of life, and I think it’s wrong for us to do so. This is year 2015, which is 150 years since the end of the Civil War, and to celebrate symbols of anyone’s oppression should not be what our community wants.”

Attorney Penn said the flags were removed in broad daylight during Mother’s Day weekend and were delivered to City Hall of Union Springs. They are available to the owner for pickup.

(8) comments

scottdvs1972

Does this moron realize that he's published a picture of himself breaking the law? Alabama Code Section 13A-7-23.1: Any person who willfully or maliciously injures, defaces, removes or destroys any tomb, monument, gravestone or other memorial of the dead, or any fence or any enclosure about any tomb, monument, gravestone or memorial, or who willfully and wrongfully destroys, removes, cuts, breaks or injures any tree, shrub, plant, flower, decoration, or other real or personal property within any cemetery or graveyard shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.

FirstLadyoftheConfederacy

Isn't grave robbing against the law? Someone press charges against them. Have them thrown in jail. WHY do they think they are above the law? Oh! Wait! They're Black. They are above the law. They do not have to obey and live in polite society. If we cannot celebrate and honor our heritage then all MLK monuments. street names and school names need to go. Diversity and equal rights are not for one group only. It is for everybody. His statements show how ignorant he is about history. he needs some history lessons. Plus why is he so upset over some flags. If he wants to improve the community, address the issues of drugs, rape, gangs and school drop out rates. Again, he needs to be arrested for breaking the law of the land.

VaFlagger

This man has admitted to breaking the law and there is photographic evidence. Why has he not been charged? Desecrating the grave or monument of a Veteran is disgraceful...teaching a child to do so is reprehensible. I hope those flags have already been replaced and that Mr. Penn is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law!

Alabama Code Section 13A-7-23.1: Any person who willfully or maliciously injures, defaces, removes or destroys any tomb, monument, gravestone or other memorial of the dead, or any fence or any enclosure about any tomb, monument, gravestone or memorial, or who willfully and wrongfully destroys, removes, cuts, breaks or injures any tree, shrub, plant, flower, decoration, or other real or personal property within any cemetery or graveyard shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.

poptop76

I am totally outragged this man is allowed to get away with this. These soldiers are considered American Veterans by an Act of Congress. This disrespect of anyones grave is wrong! What right has he that he is above the law? He should be held accountable for his actions.

Cwfarms

I hope the awful man that removed the flags was at least jailed for his actions.

jtully

This is a publicity stunt by Attorney Myron Penn for a future run for political office especially considering the fact that he was an Alabama Senator from 2002-2010. What Penn has successfully accomplished regardless of if it was his intention or not is what is called "Race-Baiting." Individuals of the Caucasian and African American communities have sadly already begun to debate with each other about Penn's actions. With the immense amount of turmoil that had and is occurring in this nation due to the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO and Freddie Gray in Baltimore, MD is this really the way in which an elected official should conduct himself? The picture was taken by former Sen. Penn's wife and then conveniently acquired by a media outlet who naturally wrote an article based on Penn's actions. Martin Luther King Jr was a great man and leader because of his steadfast belief in promoting civil rights and unity through peaceful means. What Penn has done is promote division with his actions by removing a memorial flag from the burial site of a deceased "veteran." The term "veteran" in this sense being described in U.S. Public Law 85-425. Regardless of Penn's reasons behind his actions, he has broken Law. Considering that Myron Penn is an attorney, one can only assume that Penn understood that S13A-7-23.1 states that an individual who "willfully" "removes" any "gravestone or other memorial of the dead" of "real or personal property within any cemetery or graveyard shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor." Former Senator Penn's conduct is of a nature that is disgraceful for an elected official of the citizens of both Alabama and the United States whether that service be previous or current. Penn should have used alternative means to make his point especially considering his profession as an attorney and civil service as a representative of the American people.

mothy5000

I find his actions offensive personally and to the families of those fallen soldiers. His picture of this publicity stunt is a symbol used to create division within our community, and our people in Bullock County. This picture serves no purpose other than to divide us. My children deserve to grow up in a community that honors our fallen American soldiers and not in a community that looks the other way when elected officials trample graves to satisfy some personal vendetta. His actions send a clear message to the youth of our humble community that if breaking the law fits our personal desires, then it is ok to do so.

MaxFairchild

This was a hate crime and he and his wife should still be in prison for this horrible desecration of US Veterans' graves!

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