July 23, 2021

SCV Flaggers Protest Outside Plant Wansley

Four members of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans group spent Monday afternoon protesting outside the entrance to the Georgia Power owned Plant Wansley, located in Southern Carroll County.

They were on hand from 2:30 p.m. until 6:15 p.m. EST displaying various confederate flags and waving to motorists as they entered and exited the gates of the power plant.

The 35-year old plant includes on its grounds the Old Yellow Dirt Baptist Church Cemetery. One of the protesters, Billy Bearden, told HeardCitizen.com on site that they were attempting to raise awareness among plant employees about the situation regarding the removal of Confederate Flags by unknown employees of Georgia Power that were placed on seven graves of deceased Confederate Veterans in the cemetery.

Georgia Power has since allowed the replacement of the flags as they attempt to investigate land ownership of the property which includes the cemetery.

The cemetery is located directly on Georgia Power grounds and requires entrance through the plant security gates.

Bearden carried the largest flag, a 6′ x 9′ version, and told us that they received only waves and thumbs up from the large majority of passers by.

Sons of Confederate Veterans Protester at Plant Wansley (11/7/11) from HeardCitizen.com on Vimeo.

He noted that a few actually pulled over to take pictures with their cell phone cameras. Bearden was joined by James and Pam Tolbert as well as Steve Monk who traveled from Jasper, GA to protest.

“The one thing we need to ask Georgia Power is if they are ashamed of our Confederate veterans?” stated James Tolbert.

When asked if he considered himself to be a racist, Bearden replied that he did not. He then told us that there are actually several African-American members of his organization.

While HeardCitizen.com was on site, Carroll County Deputy Michael Denney arrived to question the group about why they were there and what they were doing.

After Bearden explained the situation, Officer Denney left the scene. When we asked Officer Denney had he been called to the protest, he replied that he had not and was only making his routine patrol of the area which is near a dead-end road.

Sons of Confederate Veterans Protester from Jasper,GA at Plant Wansley (11/7/11) from HeardCitizen.com on Vimeo.

HeardCitizen.com originally became aware of this story through local Heard County resident Walter Webb, whose great-grandfather, J.P. Shelnutt, is one of the deceased Confederate veterans in the cemetery.

We were able to capture short interviews with Bearden and Monk before we left the scene. Stay tuned to HeardCitizen.com for further information on this story as it becomes available.





  1. John Stones says

    Keep standing for truth, Flaggers!

  2. KIm M. Beck says

    It’s great to see Southerner’s standing up for their heritage. Shame on Georgia Power. A Southern Company? They may wish to rethink their logo. Veteran’s Day is this Friday. The Confederate soldier is a Confederate veteran and should be honored as such. May the Confederate flags wave at Yellow Dirt Cemetery!

  3. Once again I suspect we have the big business folks pulling a political correctness sneak attack to earn some brownie points. This kind of silliness has dropped off quite a bit in the last five years.

    It’s a little surprising to see a power company with a professional PR staff giving the cemetery folks the song and dance routine…working on their usual ‘it will all blow over eventually’.

    I will be giving them a call to see what I can find out about their multi-culturalism training programs that all these big companies usually put their people through. I suspect there might be some Southern heritage items missing. Jim Dean, VeteransToday.com

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