WATCH LIVE at 10 a.m.: The Confederate flag is lowered from outside the South Carolina Statehouse.
COLUMBIA, S.C. – With protracted emotional debates and raucous protests behind them, South Carolina officials were preparing Friday to quietly and quickly remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse where it has flown for more than a half-century.
The state planned a simple, short ceremony at 10 a.m. to remove the rebel banner, which was surrounded in its final hours by ropes and barricades.
“We will bring it down with dignity and we will make sure it is stored in its rightful place,” South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said.
Authorities will escort a special van used to transport historical artifacts that will take the flag to the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum. There, it eventually will be housed in a multimillion-dollar shrine lawmakers promised to build as part of a compromise to get…
View original post 622 more words