NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 8:53 PM
A Confederate flag and a black baby doll hanging in a noose with a knife in its back outside a Pennsylvania home were removed Tuesday, according to reports.
The lynching display had outraged neighbors in rural East Huntingdon Township for months until a Pittsburgh TV crew paid a visit to the Porter Rd. home whose fence it adorned, WTAE-TV reported.
The flag and doll were gone minutes after a reporter knocked on the door, receiving no answer. The station’s footage had shown them on a wooden fence next to a flag for the late auto racing legend Dale Earnhardt.
Outraged neighbors had been complaining for months about this display set up outside a home in East Huntingdon Township, Penn., according to reports.
Area resident Rachel Szolek told the TV station she put up a picture of the “despicable” display on Facebook after driving by it earlier in the day.
“I just hope he has to take it down,” Szolek said. “That’s all I want, you know. I don’t care, I don’t want him punished. I just want him to take it down so we don’t have to look at it.”
It wasn’t immediately clear who had installed the display and the TV station didn’t publish the home’s exact address. Local officials said they couldn’t force the homeowner to move it off the private property.
Rachel Szolek told the TV station she just wanted the display taken down and she didn’t care whether there is punishment for whoever put it up.
“It probably is allowed to be there at his property, but if we can do anything to stop it, we will,” said East Huntingdon Township supervisor Paul Hodgkiss.
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