Confederate battle flag display creates tension

Edward Lee West has collected about 150 Confederate flags

(WNCN) – Edward Lee West’s home in Rocky Mount, North Carolina is surrounded by dozens of Confederate battle flags.

West has lived at his Rocky Mount home for 37 years. During that time, he has collected about 150 Confederate battle flags, many of which are displayed outside of his home in a neighborhood that is predominantly black.

Despite requests to take the flags down, West says he’ll stand his ground. “If the people do not like it, they ought to move,” he said Thursday.

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