The car used during the first season of the CBS series, which ran from 1979 to 1985, currently resides at the Volo Auto Museum in Crystal Lake, Illinois.
The 1969 Dodge Charger known as “The General Lee” sports the Confederate flag. All things connected to that legacy and period of history are being scrutinized as the nation reckons with race relations.
“We feel the car is part of history, and people love it,” he said. “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.”
“Several people have reached out with positive comments about us leaving it on display,” Grams said, “Complimenting us for leaving it there and not having a knee-jerk reaction to remove it like a lot of places are.”