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End of An Era for Controversial Carolina BBQ Chain

It looks like the family that runs several Columbia area barbecue restaurants has flown  the Confederate flag for the last time. The Maurice's BBQ restaurants can be found in and around Columbia North Carolina and in South Carolina too. According  The State, they'll no longer fly the stars and bars. They report that the last two Confederate flags that flew outside the restaurants in the Midlands came down quietly a couple of months ago. Maurice Bessinger raised the flags at his nine Columbia restaurants back in 2000. He did it as a protest when state lawmakers voted to take down the confederate flag which flew above the Statehouse dome. Bessinger's son Lloyd says his father hasn't been involved in running the restaurants for the last several years.  Back in 2005 a grocery store chain stopped selling  Maurice's barbecue sauce because of Maurice Bessinger's outspoken views.

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