Alders Working to End Confederate Flag Display in Forest Hill Cemetery

October 17, 2016 § Leave a comment

Two Madison alders are continuing the effort to end the display of the Confederate national flag on the flagpole in the Confederate rest section of Madison Parks’ Forest Hill Cemetery. Current policy allows the Confederate national flag (but not battle flag) to be displayed on Memorial and Veterans Days.

My alder Marsha Rummel, requested that our city attorney review the issue.


Marsha A. Rummel,
District 6,
Council President Pro Tem

In response to her request, City attorney Michael May wrote:

It is my opinion that the City can restrict and limit access to and the content of flags upon the flagpole, or remove the flagpole altogether from the Confederate Rest Area. Indeed, eliminating the flying of Confederate flags from the flagpole would be consistent with recent steps taken by the federal government.

Complete text of the Madison city attorney’s opinion:

Alder Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, whose district includes the cemetery, is working with Madison Parks to draft a new policy that will prohibit the display of any Confederate symbols on the Madison Parks’ flagpole in the Confederate rest section of Forest Hill Cemetery.


Shiva Bidar-Sielaff,
District 5

Alder Shiva Bidar-Sielaff’s goal is that a new policy will be in place before Memorial Day 2017.

Happy Birthday, Maisie Brown.

This blog is also my birthday present to our friend Maise Brown of Jackson, Mississippi who is working to remove the Confederate battle flag from her state’s flag

Maisie Brown turned 15 today.

Maisie’s far more difficult struggle to remove the Confederate battle flag from her Mississippi state flag inspires me to continue our far less difficult struggle to end the display of the Confederate national flag in our Forest Hill Cemetery.

Ending the unnecessary, inappropriate, or out of context displays of Confederate symbols wherever they occur is critical to dismantling the infrastructure of racism.

While serving in the Vicksburg Campaign in 1863, Anson Croman and the 20th MIchigan Infantry Regiment participated in the second capture of  Jackson, Mississippi in July, 1863.

While the Union was unable to hold Jackson at that time, the Union continued to hold Vicksburg which became the refuge for the 30,000 slaves from Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas liberated by the Vicksburg Campaign.

The Mitchells and Robinsons are direct line descendants of Anson Croman and he is my 2nd great-grandfather-in-law.

Previous posts:

2016 Memorial Display Rebuts Madison Parks’ 1st Amendment Argument June 1, 2016

Update on Confederate Flag Display in Madison Park May 27, 2016

International Practice Supports Ban on Confederate National Flag January 5, 2016

Ending the Display of Confederate Flags at Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison, Wisconsin  August 6, 2015

Honor Our Veterans By Taking Down the Confederate Flag from the South Carolina State Capitol Now June 20, 2015



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