An auto museum in northern Illinois has announced that is has no plans to stop displaying the iconic Dodge Charger with the Confederate battle flag painted atop the vehicle from the “Dukes of Hazard” television show.
As the nation continues in an uproar over racial injustice, Confederate imagery has ultimately been a topic of high controversy leading to numerous monuments and statues of Confederate leaders being taken down and removed from public view by protesters and organizations all across the country. NASCAR has also banned the Confederate flag from its races and venues and the Confederate emblem is being removed from the Mississippi state flag.
While many believe that the Confederate flag is a symbol of racism and glorification of the Civil War and slavery, others argue that the flag is used to celebrate Southern heritage.
The Volo Auto Museum about 50 miles northwest of Chicago and boldly says the signature “General Lee” from the first season of the “Dukes of Hazzard” TV show isn’t going anywhere.
According to a report in the NWHerald the director of the Volo Museum is quoted as saying, “We feel the car is part of history, and people love it. We’ve got people of all races and nationalities that remember the TV show and aren’t offended by it whatsoever. It’s a piece of history, and it’s in a museum,” said Brian Grams director of the Volo Auto Museum.
“If we’re going to get complaints about the General Lee being here,” Grams said. “We’ve got much worse items over in our military building,” he said.
Ben Jones, who played Cooter the mechanic in “The Dukes of Hazzard” series acclaimed the decision by the Illinois auto museum on Sunday. “This story about the Volo Auto Museum in Volo, Illinois is a testament to the common sense and courage of the people in the Heartland of America,” he wrote on Facebook.
This story about the Volo Auto Museum in Volo, Illinois is a testament to the common sense and courage of the people in…
The General Lee is featured alongside the museum’s extensive collection of cars from movies and television series, including the Tumbler from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy; the 1957 Plymouth Fury from Christine; and a 1976 Ferrari Daytona Spyder from another era-defining ’80s series, Miami Vice.