Confederate flag debated in Cascade native's Civil War play - KWWL - Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings

Confederate flag debated in Cascade native's Civil War play

Posted: Updated:
  • KWWL.com LinksMore>>

  • Dubuque News

    Dubuque News

    Local news and information for Dubuque, Dyersville, Epworth, Peosta, Cascade, Farley, Asbury, Balltown, Luxemburg, New Vienna, Holy Cross, Durango, Sherrill, Dubuque County and the Tri-States area.More >>
    Local news and information for Dubuque, Dyersville, Epworth, Peosta, Cascade, Farley, Asbury, Balltown, Luxemburg, New Vienna, Holy Cross, Durango, Sherrill, Dubuque County and the Tri-States area.More >>
CASCADE (KWWL) -

The debate that is burning so intensely in some states over the Confederate flag has found its way to eastern Iowa -- although in a much calmer way.

Keyron McDermott, a Cascade native, wrote a play about a Civil War-era spy that is set to debut this weekend. But, as of right now, she says, the Confederate flag won't be a part of the play.

"We took it out, and we're kind of equivocating if we should put it back in, because this is history, and this is what they're talking about when people say it's their heritage," she said.

It's that heritage piece that makes it especially hard, she says, because the flag means different things to different people.

"This is such a potent issue, and everybody's heritage looks different," McDermott said.

She's also gone to painstaking lengths to make the costumes and set as authentic and historically accurate as possible.

KWWL asked McDermott if taking the flag out of the play waters down the historical accuracy of the piece.

"Gee, I don't know," she said. "You know, I think we're in a unique place in time right now where we can consider these questions."

This is an issue that won't soon go away, she added.

"There are many sides to this, and we're gonna keep fighting the Civil War unless we go through some process of truth and reconciliation," McDermott said.

"The True Story of John Yates Beall" will be performed at the Ellen Kennedy Fine Arts Center on Friday, July 3, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 4, at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $12 at the door or can be bought in advance for $10 at Cascade City Hall.

Powered by Frankly