Alabama has long distanced itself from Confederate flag

July 27, 2015 4:00 PM

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In the ’80s, Alabama often used the Confederate battle flag, whose public display is now the subject of intense national debate, as part of its branding, including on the covers of four of its first five major-label albums.

“To me, Alabama (the state) was always looked at as the Heart of Dixie, and it had the rebel flag there,” says Teddy Gentry, the group’s bassist. “I never associated it with racism in any way. That was a symbol of the Old South, which I guess meant different things to different people. In our hearts...

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