Confederate Flags Left At Ebenezer Church

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Four Confederate Flags were placed on the grounds of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church and the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site Visitor Center early Thursday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

A maintenance man found the offensive flags on the grounds around 6 a.m., and notified a U.S. Park Ranger who then called Atlanta police.

Homeland Security was also called to investigate, in addition to the APD’s current investigation into the matter.

The flags were placed below a “BLACK LIVES MATTER, HANDS UP” poster, near a trash can, on the path to the MLK Visitor Center and on the corner near Ebenezer Baptist Church. They were removed by officials just after 9:30 a.m.

It isn’t immediately known if the church’s security cameras captured the vandalism.

Azuria Beeks, who is a member of the church, watched police scour the area.

“It’s disgusting,” the 17-year-old told Atlanta Journal Consitution. “They’re living in the past. They want us to fear them. And it’s not working.”