Confederate flag controversy is topic of Winchester Lecture at TTU on April 16

“The Confederate Battle Flag: Evolution of a Controversial American Symbol” will be the topic of this year’s Winchester History Lecture at Tennessee Tech University on Thursday, April 16.

The lecture will be presented by John M. Coski, historian and library director of the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Va.

Coski is also the author of “The Confederate Battle Flag: America’s Most Embattled Emblem.”

The book considers the flag’s history and the various meanings attached to it. Some people, for example, view the flag as a symbol of white supremacy and racial injustice, while others think it represents a rich Southern heritage.

Knoxville attorney J. Michael Winchester established the endowment in TTU’s history department to provide lectures free to students and the public. Winchester, president of Winchester, Sellers, Foster & Steele, P.C., earned all-America honors as a member of TTU’s baseball team and was inducted into the university’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.

Coski’s presentation will be held at 7 p.m. in Derryberry Hall Auditorium, and it is free and open to the public.

For more information about the Winchester History Lecture, call TTU’s history department at 931/372-3332.

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