Saratoga Springs police seek answers, share video in Confederate Flag display

January 24, 2018 06:57 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Surveillance video recorded by two cameras perched outside the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame shows five people putting homemade cloth flags around the necks of roughly 30 statues.

The flags are Confederate Battle flags. Those who placed them sent NewsChannel 13 images of the flags hung around the lawn jockeys Tuesday morning.

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Using only a pseudonym, they said by email that they chose the flags because like the lawn jockeys, the flags are symbols of slavery and servitude.

Using the name Jehu Sal Deyaun, a one-time slave from Saratoga County, they called the display of lawn jockeys "repulsive" because they both "glorify slavery and erase the history of black jockeys."

They also shared images which show the earliest lawn jockey statues. It's evidence, they say, the statues are rooted in racism.

WEB EXTRA: Security video of Confederate flags being placed outside National Museum of Racing

The activists say what they did was not an act of vandalism, but rather an act of art criticism.

Saratoga Springs police are trying to figure out what, if any, laws were broken.

"It's someone else's property and then when you do something like that, someone's got to remove it," said Lt. Bob Jillson. "Hopefully we can come to some conclusion down the road and figure out if it was criminal or not."


Mark Mulholland

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