Bill Starr can trace back his family lines in South Carolina to before the Revolution, and he pulls no punches when it comes to talking about the Confederate flag and its legacy of violence. He was interviewed by Story of America while waiting in line to pay his respects to Clementa Pinckney, the pastor and State Senator who was murdered last month by Dylann Roof:
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According to Starr: “All of these memorials need to come down. I would like to see a memorial which says that all of these men were murdered by the slavocracy. I’d like to see an end to Confederate Memorial Day. I’d like to see an end to all of these streets named for Confederate generals. I’d like to see a monument here to the 1st South Carolina Infantry, who were black soldiers who fought for the Union. Or to men like Robert Lee Smalls or Denmark Vesey, who fought for freedom.