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D.C. tourism guide rejects Frederick museum's ad containing Confederate Flag

A Washington D.C. publication recently decided to stop running an advertisement with an image of the Confederate Flag for a Frederick Civil War museum. (WBFF)

FREDERICK, Md. (WBFF) -- A Washington D.C. publication recently decided to stop running an advertisement with an image of the Confederate Flag for a Frederick Civil War museum.

For the past two years, Frederick’s Museum of Civil War Medicine has placed advertisements in the “Official Visitors Guide” of Washington D.C. But this year, the guide rejected the museum’s proposed ad because its logo contains a picture of the Confederate Flag. The publication responded to the museum by offering to publish the ad without the photo of the flag.

David Price, executive director of the Frederick museum, spoke out about the guide's decision. “Number one, I fully respect their right not to run it, but they need to fully respect my right not to change it,” he said.

Price said the same publication ran that same version of that ad for the past two years without objection. The image is an ideal fit for the museum, he says.

“I think it’s the perfect visual representation of our story,” he said.

Price said the publication indicated that it had received negative feedback about the ad and refunded the museum’s payment. Now, he intends to advertise his museum, one of Frederick’s top tourist attractions, in other publications.

“I understand the implications of that flag, but we can’t put it in a drawer and never talk about it,” he said.

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