Friday, October 26, 2007

Maurice changes flags

SC barbecue baron changes Confederate flags at some restaurants

Fri, Oct 26, 2007

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - At about half of his dozen restaurants, outspoken barbecue baron Maurice Bessinger has replaced the better-known Confederate flag with its red background, blue cross and white stars with the less recognized and perhaps less controversial first flag of the Confederacy - a banner with two red stripes, a white stripe and a blue square with a circle of white stars.

The new flag, which resembles the U.S. flag, better honors his ancestors who fought for the South in the Civil War, Bessinger said.

DIDJA KNOW? -- Maurice ran for South Carolina governor as a Democrat in 1974, riding through towns across the state on a white steed and wearing his famous white suit. He finished fifth out of seven candidates.