COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The Confederate flag has made a temporary return to the front lawn of the South Carolina Statehouse.
About 200 people attended a rally at the Capitol complex in Columbia today organized by the South Carolina Secessionist Party. The event marks one year since the Confederate battle flag was furled and sent to a museum.
Using a portable base, the party raised the battle flag on the same spot where it flew on a 30-foot pole beside the Confederate Soldiers Monument. The crowd included people holding their own flags and people clad in Civil War uniforms to represent a Confederate Memorial Honor Guard.
Dozens of protesters also showed up, but the groups were kept separate by metal barriers as well as police officers backed by helicopters circling overhead.