Confederate Flag Hung From Memorial Honoring Black Soldiers

Robert Gould Shaw Memorial (Boston African American NHS/ NPS)
Robert Gould Shaw Memorial (Boston African American NHS/ NPS)

BOSTON -- A Confederate flag that was been attached to a Boston memorial honoring an all-black Union Civil War unit has been removed.

The Boston Globe reports that the battle flag hung from the Robert Gould Shaw and Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial for more than an hour Sunday.

The 1989 movie "Glory" is based on the regiment.

The incident comes amid increased scrutiny over the flag in the wake of a shooting that killed 9 at a historic black church in South Carolina.

The flag appeared to have been ripped from previous removal attempts, but remained up until 10:30 p.m. when 37-year-old Melissa Carino, of Lowell, untied it and threw it away before police arrived.

Gov. John Andrew commissioned the 54th following the Emancipation Proclamation.

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