(COLUMBIA, S.C.) — History was made in South Carolina Friday as the Confederate flag was formally removed from its post on the state Capitol grounds in Columbia.
The move came the morning after Gov. Nikki Haley signed the bill, presented after both houses of the state’s legislature voted to remove the flag.
The state’s color guard marched out to lower the flag, and were to hand it to the curator of the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum, where the flag will be stored.
Though there were some spectators dressed in Confederate uniforms and carrying Confederate flags to show their support for the flag, the majority of the few thousand people gathered on the statehouse grounds appeared to be there in support of the monumental removal.
There was a heavy police presence in the area with a police helicopter above, but the scene was calm in the time leading up to the 10 a.m. ceremony.
Debate over the flag came after a shooting at a historic black church in Charleston left nine dead and renewed questions over the meaning of the flag.
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