Columbia, SC (AP) – The Confederate battle flag has been lowered from South Carolina Statehouse grounds after 54-year presence there and it is now on its way to the Confederate Relic Room at the South Carolina State Museum.
An honor guard from the South Carolina Highway Patrol took the flag down that has flown on the grounds of the Statehouse for 54 years.
The flag was taken down Friday during a 10:00 a.m. ceremony.
Governor Nikki Haley signed the bill Thursday calling for the flag’s removal from the Statehouse grounds.
Opposition to the Confederate flag gained momentum after the killings of nine people, including State Senator Clementa Pinckney, at a historic black church in Charleston.
Authorities say they believe the killings were racially motivated and the suspect, Dylann Storm Roof, was seen in photos posing with the Confederate flag as a symbol of hatred.