Illinois cancels band from fair lineup over Confederate flag

FILE - In this June 12, 2000 file photo Country music fans are reflected in the glasses of Southern rock group Confederate Railroad lead singer Danny Shirley during a concert in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP/WIBW) — Illinois has canceled a state fair appearance by the Southern rock group Confederate Railroad because of its use of the Confederate flag.

A spokeswoman for Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Emily Bittner, said Tuesday that the administration prohibits using state resources "to promote symbols of racism."

The group was scheduled to play the DuQuoin State Fair Aug. 27.

The band's logo features a steam locomotive flying Confederate flags. The flag has been criticized as a racist emblem of slavery and segregation, but supporters say it represents history.

Frontman Danny Shirley says in a statement that the band is disappointed, but thanked their fans.

Confederate Railroad was to appear with Shenandoah and Restless Heart. Shenandoah says it will still play but that "this 'political correctness' has to stop. It's tearing our country apart."

KFVS reports the band will now play at the Black Diamond Harley-Davidson dealership in Marion, Illinois.

“The band and I are excited to be playing at Black Diamond HD and meeting all our fans in Southern IL soon. The fans made this possible, and we are beyond grateful to share our love of music with them Sept 5th. ” Danny Shirley of Confederate Railroad said.

Tickets go on sale Friday, July 12, 2019 at 9 a.m. General admission tickets for this all ages show will be priced at $20 plus fees.