The famous “Dukes of Hazzard” car with the Confederate flag will remain displayed in the Illinois Automobile Museum

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An auto museum in northern Illinois has said it will continue to display the iconic car from the Dukes of Hazzard TV show with a Confederate flag painted on it, according to several reports.

The decision to keep the flag came amid the overthrow of the Confederate statues following the death of George Floyd in police custody on May 25 in Minneapolis. Many believe that the flag is a symbol of racism and the glorification of the civil war, while other regions claim that the flag is used to celebrate the heritage of the South and that the car of the television program is a ” piece of history ”.

“We think the car is part of history and people love it. We have people of all races and nationalities who remember the TV show and who are not offended at all. It’s a piece of history, and it’s in a museum, ”said Brian Grams, director of the Volo Auto Museum, at Crystal Lake’s, Northwest Herald.

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Catherine « Daisy » Bach, Tom « Luke » Wopat, John « Bo » Schneider et The General Lee.
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The Volo Auto Museum holds the last Dodge Charger of 1969 used in the first season of the classic television series, acquired in 2005.

The television show “The Dukes of Hazzard”, which ran from 1979 to 1985, took place in the fictional county of Hazzard, Georgia, and the main characters dubbed the vehicle General Lee – considered a Civil War Reference General Robert E. Lee.

The series chronicles the adventures of two cousins, Luke and Bo Duke, and the vehicle was seen jumping over a police vehicle in the opening credits.

“And the museum continued to hear people support the decision to keep the car,” Grams told the newspaper. “Several people have given us their positive comments about leaving it exposed, congratulating us for leaving it there and not having had an instinctive reaction to withdraw it as many places are.”

NASCAR announced last month that it would ban any image or display of the Confederate flag at future events, in the name of love and unity. The Confederate emblem is also removed from the flag of the State of Mississippi.

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“The presence of the Confederate flag at NASCAR events goes against our commitment to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry,” the statement said. “Bringing people together around a love for racing and the community that creates what makes our fans and our sport special. ”

Ben Jones, who played Cooter the Mechanic in the “The Dukes of Hazzard” series, applauded the decision on Sunday at the Illinois Auto Museum – located about 80 kilometers northwest of Chicago.

“This story from the Volo Auto Museum in Volo, Illinois is a testament to the common sense and courage of the people of the Heartland of America,” he wrote on Facebook.

Grams said the museum would not remove General Lee more than he expected to remove the Nazi artifacts on display in its military section.

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“If we want to get complaints about the presence of General Lee, we have much worse articles in our military building,” he added, the newspaper said.

Nick Givas of Fox News and the Associated Press contributed to this report

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