7/22/2020 9:30:00 AM New Flag Raised At First Federal Park
Wayne Howard Staff Writer
When Demarius Pearson got permission from the City Council to paint a mural in front of First Federal Park on N. Poplar Street, some objected because the mural didn't contain an American flag.
Pearson's intent was to honor the marginalized citizens of Lincolnton. Instead of Black Lives Matter, which had been painted on streets in Charlotte, New York and Washington, DC, among other places, he asked for permission to paint a street mural stating "United We Stand."
His original design would have included some flags of countries from which some had immigrated to the US, but after there were objections, he eliminated any flags from the design. The mural was funded by private contributions and the labor was volunteers. The mural was completed weekend before last.
In response to the talk about the US flag, City Councilman Roby Jetton championed the idea of putting a flag in front of the building at the park. With approval from the rest of the Council, it was put in place on Monday and the flag was raised on Tuesday morning (July 21st).
While there was no announcement of any formal ceremony, and there was none, mostly because of the need to maintain social distancing and avoid large gatherings during the pandemic, those who came got the opportunity to help raise the flag by taking a turn at the handle on the pole. When the flag was raised to the top, those who attended joined in singing the national anthem.
A light highlighting the flag will be installed in the near future. An official ceremony might be held at a later date when the pandemic situation has improved.