Abrams' campaign released a statement on Monday addressing her flag burning, noting that Georgia's flag at the time partially incorporated the Confederate battle flag.
Georgia's Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams admitted Monday that she once burned the state's flag during a protest on the steps of the state's Capitol in June 1992 while a student at Spelman College.
'This conversation was sweeping across Georgia as numerous organizations, prominent leaders, and students engaged in the ultimately successful effort to change the flag'.More news: Former Ole Miss quarterback arrested, charged with trespassing in Colorado
Abrams previously defended taking out-of-state campaign donations by arguing that Georgia is a "national state".
The state, she said, "was at a crossroads" when Abrams was in college, and was "struggling with how to overcome racially divisive issues, including symbols of the confederacy". "Mr. Kemp and his allies have sought to portray her as 'too extreme for Georgia'".
The last Democratic governor was Roy Barnes, elected in 1998 - and, as The Times reported, his support for changes to the Confederate symbols on the state flag may have cost him his job. But she also hasn't shied away from expressing her deep-seated opposition to some Confederate symbols, which she has said were meant to "terrorize" black communities.More news: Oldest intact shipwreck known to mankind found in Black Sea
The demonstration happened when then-governor Zell Miller made his first unsuccessful bid to remove the controversial Confederate symbol from the state flag, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
In 2017, shortly after violence in Charlottesville during a white nationalist march, Abrams said the monument on Stone Mountain should be removed. "Confederate monuments belong in museums where we can study and reflect on that awful history, not in places of honor across our state". A 20-year-old senior at the school told the paper that the protest was created to "send Georgia's racist past up in flames", and "fight fire with fire".
On the campaign trail, Kemp, who is Georgia's secretary of state, has said he would protect the monument "from the radical left".More news: England beat Sri Lanka by 18 runs via Duckworth Lewis method