Protesters outside the White House of the Confederacy, July 15, 2015
Two demonstrators during a Sons of Confederate Veterans gathering
A father and son walk to the middle of anti-Confederate protests
Demonstrator stands outside the Museum of the Confederacy
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -
Protesters gathered outside the home of Jefferson Davis and Richmond's Museum of the Confederacy Wednesday, where the heritage group known as Sons of Confederate Veterans gathered for its 120th annual reunion.
The organization commemorates Confederate history, and is the oldest hereditary organization for descendants of Confederate soldiers.SCV members planned a series of events within the former Confederate Capitol, as well as a Chesterfield hotel July 15 - 19.
In the middle of a downpour Wednesday evening, dozens of protesters met members of the heritage group steps from the White House of the Confederacy, where Jefferson Davis lived until the final days of the Civil War.
As demonstrators stood with signs ranging from "stop excuses for racism," to "white silence equals violence" a single Confederate flag bearer marched to the middle of the protest site, standing with his young son.
"This flag didn't kill anybody, this flag is an inanimate object," the man said in an interview Wednesday. "I don't think it should be labeled as a racist symbol, because I'm certainly not a racist person. I'm not raising my son to be a racist."
Protesters allowed SCV members attending a gala at the museum and the home of Jefferson Davis to enter the buildings without further disruption.
Opponents of Confederate flag displays also began to pressure the Chesterfield hotel where the conference is based, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel near Midlothian.
The group will hold most of its events within the hotel, concluding the annual gathering Sunday afternoon.