MOBILE, Ala (WKRG) — City Councilman Fred Richardson was one city official who responded to an anonymous email showing pictures of a Mardi Gras event at the city-owned Mobile Civic Center where a Confederate flag was displayed.
The anonymous email read in part, “I am just surprised with Black History Month, the city (sic) own decision to change the city seal to remove the flag, and even the backlash over the newspaper editor call for the KKK to rise again that the city allowed the Conde Cavaliers to place a hanging Confederate Flag in the Mobile Civic Center. The facility is to represent all citizens of Mobile. Why was this allowed? Allowing a Confederate Flag to be prominently displayed in a city facility during Mardi Gras just adds to the ongoing narrative of segregation of Mardi Gras activities.”
Fred Richardson replied, “I’m in 100% agreement with you. Since Mayor Stimpson is in charge of city facilities, I’m referring this matter to his office regarding any action he plans to initiate that will prevent future incidents of this nature. “
The event was a private event by the Conde Cavaliers this past Friday night. The pictures were obtained from a local business and forwarded to several city officials and the media. Richardson responded that he forwarded the matter to Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s office.
George Talbot with the Mayor’s office responded, “The Civic Center is a city-owned property managed by Onex Corporation (formerly SMG). The Civic Center has a board appointed by the City Council that sets policies and operating guidelines for the facility. The mayor’s office has no direct control over the operations and management of Civic Center events.”
We contacted SMG’s Kendall Wall who is the general manager of the Civic Center. He said he is looking into any guidelines of what can and can’t be displayed during private events at the city-owned property.
News 5 reached out to the Conde Cavaliers organization, but the group declined to comment.