Pelosi Orders Removal of Confederate Portraits from Capitol

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday she is ordering the removal from the Capitol of portraits honoring four previous House speakers who served in the Confederacy.

In a letter to the House clerk, Pelosi directed the immediate removal of portraits depicting the former speakers: Robert Hunter of Virginia, James Orr of South Carolina and Howell Cobb and Charles Crisp, both of Georgia. The portraits were to be removed later Thursday.

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Could Be Last Year for Mount Vernon’s Dan Emmett Festival, Due to Authorship of Southern Folk Song ‘Dixie’

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio – Sunday evening may have been the swan song for the Dan Emmett Music and Arts Festival in Knox County. After a 32 year run, some critics have suggested that the celebration’s namesake, Dan Emmett, needs to go because in 1859 the Mount Vernon native wrote the song “Dixie,” which became the anthem of the Confederacy, and because he was involved in minstrel shows.

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