President Obama arrived at his hotel in Oklahoma City on Wednesday to find a group of people waving Confederate flags.
The demonstrators view the controversial flag as a tribute to their heritage and not a "symbol of racism," TIME reports.
The group was led by Andrew Duncomb, a black man who refers to himself as the "Black Rebel."
Duncomb told KFOR,
President Obama was in town to give a speech at Durant High School on Wednesday, and today, he will become the first sitting president in history to visit a federal prison when he steps inside Federal Correctional Institution, El Reno.
Obama previously said the Confederate flag "belongs in a museum," much like the Confederate flag recently transferred from outside of the South Carolina State House to a relic room nearby.