Confederate flags placed at Martin Luther King's historic church

Posted at 10:35 AM, Jul 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-30 10:41:47-04

Four Confederate flags were found outside the historic church where Martin Luther King, Jr. was baptized and later served as pastor. They were apparently placed there late Wednesday or early Thursday morning.

Ebenezer Baptist Church's top official told Atlanta's WAGA-TV that the FBI and U.S. Department of Homeland Security had been notified because the church is considered federal property. Ebenezer Baptist Church is also a centerpiece of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Site.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Thursday that some small Confederate flags had been placed under a poster supporting the "Black Lives Matter" movement. There were also some placed on a walking path leading to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Visitor Center.

Local police had received calls about a suspicious man and woman lurking around the church grounds on Wednesday night, according to WAGA.

In 1968, Ebenezer Baptist Church was where King's funeral was held.

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