An Illinois car museum has rejected demands by Black Lives Matter to eliminate its Dukes of Hazzard car from display.
The Volo Auto Museum says it will not dump its “General Lee” car from the museum that features cars from a large number of movies and TV shows including Knight Rider, Batman, the Munsters, the Blues Brothers, and many more.
The bright orange 1969 Charger is famous, of course, not just because it was on the 1980s TV show, but because its entire roof top is painted with a Confederate flag.
The Museum, situated in the far north Chicago suburb of Volo, Illinois, insisted that the car is “part of history” and they see no reason to take it off display.
“We feel the car is part of history, and people love it,” Museum director Brian Grams told the Daily Herald newspaper. “We’ve got people of all races and nationalities that remember the TV show and aren’t offended by it whatsoever. It’s a piece of history and it’s in a museum.”
Grams added that no one who has visited the museum has complained in person.
In fact, Grams says that he has gotten positive comments about having the car in the museum’s vast collection.
“Several people have reached out with positive comments about us leaving it on display,” Grams said, adding, “complimenting us for leaving it there and not having a knee-jerk reaction to remove it like a lot of places are.”
The version of the General Lee displayed in the museum is the last of its kind, Grams said. One of the first General Lee cars was sold to golfer Bubba Watson who eliminated the Confederate flag on the car’s roof.
There were 249 cars used during the filming of the TV series that lasted from 1979 to 1985. By 2015, there were only about 17 known to still exist. And the car in the Volo Museum is the last known car from the show’s first season.
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