published Monday, May 19th, 2014

Ad company removes pro-secession billboard in AL

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — An advertising company has removed a highway billboard in Alabama advocating a second Southern secession from the United States.

The neo-Confederate League of the South says Lamar Advertising Co. took down the billboard along Interstate 85 in Montgomery following complaints.

The billboard had the word "secede" in capital letters, along with the group's name and website. It went up Friday and was removed over the weekend.

The Alabama-based League says it received a message from the advertising company saying the billboard was being removed, and that the group will receive a refund.

A Lamar Advertising executive didn't return a message seeking comment.

The League has started an online petition asking the company to reinstall the billboard.

The League advocates conservative positions and supports Southern states leaving the United States.

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