Huntsville Confederate flag manufacturer sees rise in sales

Company near downtown sees sales skyrocket after Charlottesville

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Belinda Kennedy is the owner of Alabama Flag & Banner near downtown Huntsville. The day after the deadly protests in Charlottesville, Virginia Kennedy said orders for Confederate flags were piling in.  "130, 140 something like that... units that we sold," Kennedy told WZDX.

She attributes the debate over Confederate monuments in the United States for the recent uptick. "The white supremacist marching with the flag and the controversy surrounding the flags and the monuments that are coming down, has made people wonder if the flag is something that maybe they may not be able to buy in October perhaps,” Kennedy said.

The company averages about 800 rebel flag sales a year, compared to a couple of hundred before the mass shooting at the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, S.C. where nine people were killed by a white supremacist.

Kennedy said her business has now become the only one in the country that manufactures Confederate flags. "Since 2015, when the large manufacturers stopped making the flags, we are the only source for the small mom-and-pop shops to buy the flag, if they want to buy a flag that's made in the United States."

Kennedy said orders for confederate flags aren't only coming from the United States. She's shipped flags to Australia, England and Japan.

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