City votes to raze site where first Alaska flag was sewn

    The Jesse Lee Home in Seward.

    Seward, Alaska (AP) - A neglected site where the Alaska territorial flag was designed, sewn, and first flown will be demolished.

    The move came despite last-minute efforts by Alaskans and a preservation group to save it.

    The territorial flag went on to represent Alaska with statehood in 1959.

    The Seward City Council voted Monday to raze the Jesse Lee Home, once a Methodist-run facility where orphans and other displaced children from Alaska Native villages were sent.

    One was Benny Benson, who won a territory-wide contest in 1927 to design the flag.

    The plan is to build a memorial at the site with community input.  

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