COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's governor has signed a bill to remove the Confederate flag from the Statehouse grounds, more than 50 years after it was raised in protest of the civil rights movement.
Governor Nikki Haley signed the bill Thursday on the second floor of the Statehouse, where through a window the secessionist battle flag was visible outside. She was surrounded by the family members of those killed in the church shooting in June.
The law required the flag to be removed and placed in the state's Confederate Relic Room. Haley said it was set to come down at 10 a.m. Friday eastern time.
The push to bring down the flag began after state Senator Clementa Pinckney and eight other people were gunned down during their Bible study inside a historic black church. Police said it was racially motivated, and photographs emerged showing the suspect posing with Confederate flags.
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