Pensacola has removed the Confederate Flag from all of its city facilities Thursday.

Mayor Ashton Hayward said he ordered city staff to remove the flag from display at all city facilities, and to fly the state of Florida's flag in its place. 

"While the Confederate Flag undeniably represents a part of Pensacola's history, to many it is a painful symbol of racial hatred and intolerance," Hayward said in an emailed statement Thursday.


Pensacola joins a growing list of government entities to remove the flag including the State of Alabama. Governor Robert Bentley ordered the flag be removed from capital grounds earlier this week.

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