Georgetown Historical Society

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GEORGETOWN, Del. (AP) - Delaware has cut more than $14,000 in state funding to the Georgetown Historical Society over the Confederate flag and monument at the group's museum.

The Wilmington News Journal reports legislators unanimously nixed the nonprofit's award on the last day of the legislative session. Democratic Sen. Trey Paradee proposed the group lose the funds. He said in a statement that he doesn't want to support organizations that celebrate the Confederacy and the "traitors who fought for its failed racist ideology."

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The Georgetown Historical Society will not be getting a state grant of $14-thousand this year.

The reason: The Confederate battle flag that has flown over its Marvel Museum property for more than a decade.

WBOC reports that lawmakers last month pulled the funding on the last day of the legislative session after civil rights groups asked that the monument either be removed or end the funding.

State Senator Trey Paradee (D) from Dover asked that the funds be stripped given that the flag has become a symbol adopted by hate groups.

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The Lower Sussex County branch of the NAACP has called for end to state funding to the Georgetown Historical Society until a Confederate monument is removed from its museum.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the organization has asked State Senator Brian Pettyjohn and state Representative Briggs King to immediately halt the $11,500 grant to the society.

The paper reports that descendants of Delaware Confederate veterans were allowed to erect the monument on the museum grounds.

This summer a little work is being done on the Sussex County courthouse in Georgetown.

And weekly tours of the historic building should resume by the end of the month.

Jim Bowden, president of the Georgetown Historical Society, told the Salisbury Daily Times the building needed a little sprucing up.

Repair work is being done to expand the property’s parking lot and connect it to the sloped ramp for those with disabilities.

The structure was built in 1792 and was moved to the circle after 1837.