(COLUMBIA, S.C.) — The South Carolina House has approved a bill calling for the removal of the Confederate Flag from the state Capitol grounds.
The decision came early Thursday after 13 hours of at times contentious debate, and weeks after the fatal shootings of nine black church members, including a state senator, at a Bible study in Charleston.
Among the pictures seen on social media accounts of alleged shooter Dylann Roof were ones of him holding the controversial “Stars and Bars” — as well as him burning the American flag.
Following the 93-27 vote, the measure will go to Republican Gov. Nikki Haley, who has expressed support for removing the flag.
Haley celebrated the vote’s outcome Thursday on her Facebook page, saying, “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.”
The flag was raised at the statehouse in 1961, when it was raised along with the American flag as part of a commemoration of the centennial of the Civil War.
Critics assert the Confederate flag was raised then as a protest to the growing Civil Rights movement, and remains a reminder of the South’s racist past. Supporters insist the flag is a historical touchstone and a symbol of Southern pride.
Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Recent posts in National News