Screen Shot 2015-07-31 at 10.11.33 AM Police are investigating after four Confederate flags were placed outside of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta early Thursday.

Atlanta Police Chief George Turner said that authorities have images of two white men placing the flags outside of the historic church.

Authorities are working to determine if the flags were placed on federal or church property.

The property of Ebenezer Baptist Church includes Martin Luther King Jr.’s boyhood home as well as the original Ebenezer Baptist Church where King and his father were both pastors.

Ebenezer Baptist Church Rev. Raphael Warnock said leaving the flags near the church was a message of hate, not heritage.

“It is a hateful act,” he said. “I view it as an effort to intimidate us in some way, and we will not be intimidated.”

Atlanta police officer Gary Wade said a maintenance worker discovered the flags at 6 a.m. Thursday and notified the National Park Service, which operates The King Center.

“Our grounds men were so upset, they took pictures and then they moved them,” said the Rev. Shanan Jones of Ebenezer Baptist Church.

The flags weren’t stuck in the ground but instead set neatly on top of it. One was placed on the ground near a bell tower and poster that said: “Black Lives Matter.” The slogan has become part of a movement of civil rights supporters who say police treat blacks unfairly.

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  • Me

    i read muslims raised over $100k through crowd sourcing to rebuild all those burned down black churches. this is the type of solutions we need in our community. let’s get together & rebuild what’s been destroyed & taken from us. let’s not give up so easily.

  • John James

    We as bm need to all become registered(carry/conceal) firearm owners. We should be going to the range on a regular basis. We should be working out to stay/get in shape physically/mentally. Bw have died in police custody….we must be prepared brothas.

    • BillipPhailey

      I agree. It is inexcusable that there is not 24 security at such building.

  • We will never be intimidated at all. I echo the sentiments of others here. We should continue to work in our communities to rebuild and we have every right to prepare for self-defense too. The people, who placed the flags around the historic area of Ebenezer Baptist Church, are filled with hatred. The way to get rid of hatred is to respond with constructive, positive actions. I hope the people who did this evil action are caught and we are in solidarity with those who are fighting for legitimate social change. We will keep on going, keep on loving our people, and we will always believe in justice.

  • Mary Burrell

    Inbred racist miscreants

  • mariah asphalt

    Those flags should be burned on site. I agree with Me and John James. Rebuild our own and prepare to defend. Armed guards should be at each and every church during twilight hours and be prepared to shoot any intruder. White people don’t like confrontation, they just want to be bullies.