More than 50 years after South Carolina raised a Confederate flag at its Statehouse to protest the civil rights movement, the state is getting ready to remove the rebel banner.
A bill pulling down the flag from the Capitol’s front lawn and the flagpole it flies on passed the South Carolina House shortly after 1:00am on Thursday morning. Later that day, the bill was placed on Governor Nikki Haley’s desk for her to sign it.
At approximately 4:19 p.m., the Governor signed the bill to remove the Confederate Flag from the South Carolina Capitol. The bill requires the flag be taken down within 24 hours of her pen hitting the paper and shipped to the Confederate Relic Room.
When Governor Nikki Haley signed the bill, she said “I am honored to be surrounded by the family members of the nine Charleston Church Shooting victims.”
Each family will get one of the ceremonial pens used to sign the bill.
The Governor issued her own statement after the House approved the bill to remove the Confederate Flag. “It is a new day in South Carolina, a day we can all be proud of, a day that truly brings us all together as we continue to heal, as one people and on,” she said.
Just after the bill was passed early Thursday morning, Governor Nikki Haley took to facebook to post this statement. She said “Today, as the Senate did before them, the House of Representatives has served the State of South Carolina and her people with great dignity. I’m grateful for their service and their compassion. It is a new day in South Carolina, a day we can all be proud of, a day that truly brings us all together as we continue to heal, as one people and one state.”
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