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Kentucky State Parks to No Longer Sell Confederate Flag Merchandise at Gift Shops

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Kentucky's state parks are taking a stand against the sale of Confederate battle flags in the wake of the shooting at a historically black church in South Carolina last month.  

In press release today, the Kentucky Department of Parks says it is now banning its gift shops from selling merchandise featuring the battle flag, such as caps or shirts. 

However, educational items that feature both the U.S. and the Confederate battle flags, such as books and DVDs, that put the flag in historical context may still be sold. 

The ban applies to all future contracts with individuals and organizations providing services or recent facilities at state parks. 

Civil War battle reenactments held at certain parks are not affected by the guidelines. 

The Department says the park policy is modeled after one recently by the National Park Service after the church shootings. 

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