Harahan woman booked on theft, desecration of 'racist' Confederate flag on Fourth of July
(BY MATT SLEDGE| MSLEDGE@THEADVOCATE.COM)
"A Harahan woman has been arrested and accused of desecrating a flag after allegedly stealing and tearing a Confederate battle flag on the Fourth of July.Harahan police said Madelyn Christina, 18, was caught on surveillance video stealing the rebel banner from a flag pole in front of a neighbor’s residence on Colonial Club Drive.Responding police interviewed Christina, who “freely admitted stealing the flag because it was racist,” according to a department news release.Police said that when they tried to retrieve the flag from Christina’s vehicle, they found marijuana, cocaine and alprazolam.
The flag was torn because Christina had ripped it off the pole, according to Harahan Police Chief Tim Walker.Christina was booked on three counts of drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia, theft under $100 and flag desecration, police said. Five states have laws making desecration of the Confederate flag illegal, Louisiana is one of them, making desecration of the Confederate banner just as forbidden as that of the United States flag."
"Following the close of the Civil War in 1865, several destitute widows of Confederate soldiers living in Richmond decided to live together and pool their small resources. In 1897, the Ladies Auxiliary of Camp Pickett of the Confederate Veterans became aroused by the plight of these widows and organized a bazaar which raised $1,000. This success provided the impetus for an effort to form a home for destitute women who were related to Confederate veterans. In 1898 the General Assembly granted a charter to "provide a home for needy wives, widows, sisters and daughters of Confederate Sailors, Soldiers, and Marines."
It's just a small pin that is worth a few dollars,
But it's not the monetary value that is impressive.
It's the story behind it.
A story of survival and unity from the Confederate Women who survived the war.
That story has moved it from a pricey item, to one that is Priceless.
Guess I'll be keeping it !
I got some more info from a F/B contact on the pin -----
That's a 1920s Home for Confederate Women donation pin. It was sold by the Robert E Lee camp of Confederate Veterans for a refuge built in Richmond Virginia. If it's original is should be about 7/8 in diameter. A straight pin/needle in the back with no locking hook or latch. It would be made of celluloid wrapped tin. Depending on the condition determines the price it's worth. They've gone for $125 to $ 150 in medium/moderate condition. But i would hang on to it if i was you. They're rare to find a real one and from what i see so far you may have a real one.