Two Southern heritage groups — North Carolina Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and Alamance County Taking Back Alamance County— have announced separate plans to raise multiple Confederate flags along highways across North Carolina.
The ACTBAC is primarily focused on raising Confederate flags on four sites in the Orange County region, including areas along U.S. 70 in Hillsborough, NC-54 outside of Chapel Hill and Interstates 40 and 85.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has identified ACTBAC as a neo-Confederate group, but the group's founder Gary Williamson told the Durham Herald-Sun that it honors and preserves Southern heritage — and he denied claims that the group supports white supremacy.
Meanwhile, the Sons of Confederate Veterans aims to raise a Confederate flag in all 100 counties in North Carolina in an initiative called “Flags Across the Carolinas.” The initiative hopes to raise “mega-sized,” 20 feet by 30 feet Confederate battle flags across the state by placing them on private properties with the consent of the property owners.
During an Orange County Board of Commissioners meeting last month, many residents voiced their concerns to the board over the ACTBAC's plans to raise a Confederate flag on private property near the N.C. Highway Patrol Station, west of Hillsborough.