The theme park Six Flags Over Texas was named because of the six nations that ruled Texas, and for the last 56 years, the park has flown those flags at its entrance. They include Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederate States of America, and the United States of America.
Since Charlottesville, pressure has mounted across the nation to remove any symbols of the Confederacy. At first, Six Flags Over Texas refused to remove the flag representing the Confederacy because it wasn’t the more iconic Virginia Battle Flag. However, the company finally relinquished and replaced them all with the U.S. flag.
A park representative explained the sudden change of heart:
“At Six Flags Over Texas we strive every single day to make people happy and to create a fun, thrilling and safe family friendly experience for our guests. We always choose to focus on celebrating the things that unite us versus those that divide us. As such, we have changed the flag displays in our park to feature American flags.”
According to Fox 4, most people they talked to had never noticed the first national flag of the Confederacy flying high above the roller coasters, but the park confirmed that the change is permanent. Outside of special-themed flags for holidays or events, Six Flags is now just one.