Glenn Funk confederate picture

Photo: North Carolina Digital Heritage Center

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - A photo from a 1982 Wake Forest University yearbook shows Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk standing next to a large Confederate flag with members of his fraternity.

Funk graduated from Wake Forest in 1982. The photo appears in The Howler yearbook's page dedicated to the Kappa Alpha Order, a fraternity commonly referred to as KA.

The District Attorney's Office sent News4 the following statement from Funk:

Last week, I read media reports that Governor Bill Lee was a KA at Auburn in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Given the attention given to this fact, I feel compelled to disclose that when I was in college at Wake Forest 37 years ago, I was also a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity.  I went back and looked through my college annuals.  In 1982, my picture appeared in a group photo in the yearbook with the Confederate flag prominently displayed.  I was wrong to participate in divisive and hurtful behavior. I apologize for the hurt caused then and now. 

The photo also features Martha Allman, Wake Forest's current Dean of Admissions. As the Winston-Salem Journal reports, Allman has faced calls to resign in the days since the photo emerged.

Allman issued a statement on the University's website saying in part, "That flag was a symbol of pain and racism then just as it is now, and I understand that much differently in 2019 than I did in 1982."

As Funk noted in his statement, Kappa Alpha Order is the same fraternity that Governor Bill Lee was a member of when he was a student at Auburn University. Lee expressed regret when a photo emerged last week of Lee dressed as a Confederate soldier at one of the fraternity's "Old South" parties.

This is a developing story. Stay with News4 for updates.

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Kyle is a Multimedia Producer at WSMV. He is a proud graduate of Virginia Tech, where he majored in multimedia journalism with a minor in psychology. Send news tips to kyle.cooke@wsmv.com

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