Mobile, Alabama, removing Confederate flag from city seal

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The Mobile City Council is removing the Confederate flag and other banners from the official seal of city government.

The council vote Tuesday means only the U.S. flag will remain on the seal. A version of the Confederate national flag and four other historic flags will be taken off.

The decision follows moves across the South to remove Confederate flags from public property and displays. The wave began after nine people were shot to death at a church in Charleston, South Carolina.

The current Mobile city seal displays flags from six nations that have governed Mobile since 1702: the Confederacy, France, Great Britain, Spain, the Republic of Alabama and the United States.

The council years ago replaced a Confederate battle flag on the seal with a Confederate national flag.

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