If you live in the Southern United States, you know the Confederate flag. What does the flag symbolize for you? In my 25+ years of life in this region I’ve been privy to some insightful and often time explicit debates about the flag. Does it symbolize Southern pride? Racism? Slavery? Segregation? Heritage? Independence? White supremacy? I’ll leave the debate to the “debaters.” I am simply a photographer.
I stumbled upon this “scene” while cruising though the foothills of North Carolina. Beautiful country in places. The landscapes are often breathtaking and every so often, you’ll see something that makes you realize how vastly different people really are. This place was off the road a few hundred feet or so. I’d originally stopped to shoot the landscape before me, however when I walked around the old building, I found this (above image). Not exactly a place I’d like to get stuck (no disrespect to the descendants of Confederate or Union soldiers). The cultural shift from city to country is striking. No time machine is needed to experience it. Just get in your car and drive…
The actual door is below. Click on it for a larger image. Anyone know who the gentleman is in the photograph on the door itself?
FACT: Did you know that during World War II some U.S. military units with Southern nicknames, or made up largely of Southerners, made the Confederate flag their unofficial emblem? I did not. Thanks Wikipedia.