Confederate Flag comes down From S.C. Capitol after 54 years
By: S. Harding, Reporting July 10, 2015
Friday morning the Confederate flag was taken down from a flagpole on the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse, where it has flown for the last 54 years.
The rebel banner was removed Friday morning by a Highway Patrol honor guard in a ceremony attended by thousands who cheered at the removal, President Barack Obama said Friday taking down the Confederate flag is "a sign of good will and healing and a meaningful step toward a better future." Obama posted on Twitter, minutes after the flag was removed.
The Confederate Flag came down after an emotional 13 hour debate, the South Carolina House voted early Thursday morning to remove the Battle flag from the grounds of the State House. South Carolina's leaders first flew the battle flag over the Statehouse dome in 1961 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Civil War.
It remained there to represent official opposition to the civil rights movement.
Decades later, mass protests against the flag by those who said it was a symbol of racism and white supremacy, this led to a compromise in 2000 with lawmakers who insisted that it symbolized Southern heritage and states' rights. The two sides came to an agreement to move the flag from the dome to a 30-foot pole next to a Confederate monument in front of the Statehouse.
Republican Gov. Nikki Haley didn't show any emotion as the Confederate flag was lowered and removed until someone in the crowd yelled "Thank you, governor!"